Students come together for indoor athletics finals

Pupils compete in the Sports Hall Athletics Finals, held at Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields.
Pupils compete in the Sports Hall Athletics Finals, held at Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields.
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Pupils from three borough schools faced off against their peers in the Sports Hall Athletics Finals.

Among the 26 Tyne and Wear schools who took part in the event at Temple Park Leisure Centre, in South Shields, were Marden Bridge Middle School, Kings Priory School and Valley Gardens Middle School.

More than 600 Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 pupils competed against each other in a range of indoor athletics events such as obstacle relay races, long jump, triple jump, soft javelin and speed bounce.

All of the schools had qualified for the Tyne & Wear final having competed in their own local authority areas earlier in the term.

George Barrett, 13, who competed in the sprint race and long jump for Valley Gardens Middle School, said: “We were selected for the team by taking part in trials and PE at school. You get selected if our teacher thinks you are good enough.”

Fellow pupil Rosie Belsham, 13, who also plays hockey, netball and cross country at the school, said: “I enjoy competing in the School Games because there’s always a great atmosphere. Everyone cheers the teams on. It’s very lively and very loud.”

Claire Elliott, school games co-ordinator from Tyne & Wear Sport, said: “We are committed to getting more people more active more often and want young people to get involved in sport, as well as develop a sporting habit for life.

“The School Games helps to give more young people the opportunity to play competitive sport. The standard of competition here today has been incredibly high.”