Summer festival is big success

SPECIAL DAY: Youngsters at the School Games. Photos by Sarah Washbourn/Chris Vaughan Photography
SPECIAL DAY: Youngsters at the School Games. Photos by Sarah Washbourn/Chris Vaughan Photography
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More than 1,000 children from across the county competed at the annual Sainsbury’s School Games Lincolnshire Summer Festival.

Teams from 115 primary and secondary schools took part in nine sports and a total of 14 different competitions on a bumper day of sporting and cultural action at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.

Schools teams, ranging from age eight to 18, competed in a variety of sports including athletics, boccia, goalball, golf, hockey, rounders, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

A total of 100 performers also played a major role in the opening and closing ceremonies – including dance groups Manoeuvre, Transcendance and Wanderlust, Lincoln Gymnastics Club, The Showroom Parkour group, and musicians from Lincolnshire One Venues’ Young People’s Programme.

Team GB and England Hockey goalkeeper Kirsty Mackay was among the attendees at the event and she provided inspiration from her past experiences of competing at international level.

Mackay said: “Events like the Sainsbury’s School Games are a great way to raise pupils’ aspirations and give them amazing sporting experiences. All the athletes today have been fantastic.”

Jo Purkiss, sport project officer at Lincolnshire Sport who co-ordinate the event, said: “The event was a great success thanks to all the schools and athletes that came and competed together in the spirit of the Games and a huge thanks goes to all of our partners and volunteers who supported us in co-ordinating the event.”