North Tyneside schools compete in badminton finals

Kings Priory School players, from left, Matthew Walsh, James Bromham, Sam Allonby and Peter Musgrave.
Kings Priory School players, from left, Matthew Walsh, James Bromham, Sam Allonby and Peter Musgrave.

Pupils from both King’s Priory School were amongst the finalists from more than a dozen local schools that went head to head at the Sainsbury’s School Games Badminton competition.

More than 60 pupils from across Tyne and Wear competed at the event, which took place at the Tyneside Badminton Centre in Kenton.

Following an intense afternoon of competition, Benfield School overcame St Aiden’s Catholic Academy in the boys’ final while Newcastle High School for Girls triumphed over St Anthony’s Girls Academy from Sunderland in the girls’ final.

Sam Allonby, 14, from King’s Priory School, said, “We haven’t done too well today, but it’s been a good day and very enjoyable.

“I enjoy badminton because it’s a friendly, sociable sport.

“Our school has a badminton club for boys and girls of any age, once I joined that I was picked for this team.

“We qualified to get here by beating other schools from our area.”

School Games co-ordinator Claire Elliott, from Tyne and Wear Sport, said: “The badminton event was a huge success and a great day was had by all.

“Well done to all those who qualified as the enthusiasm of the competitors is what makes these events so special.”

The games are being delivered by schools, county sports partnerships, school games organisers and other local partners.

Support of the School Games also comes from a range of national partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust.

For more information about the School Games visit www.tynewearschoolgames.org