Schools from Spalding, Bourne, Deeping St James, Pinchbeck, Weston Hills and Moulton come together for athletics event

LInchfield Primary from Deeping St James were best small school.
LInchfield Primary from Deeping St James were best small school.
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Some 120 schoolchildren from ten local primary schools participated in the annual primary schools athletics festival organised by the School Games.

The event was organised by Rupert Gibson of Agilitas Sports, in conjunction with Nene Valley Harriers Athletics Club, and hosted by Spalding High School.

Going for it in the 80 metres race.

Going for it in the 80 metres race.

The School Games is a Government-funded initiative aimed at raising standards and increasing participation in physical education and sport.

The event, which aims to give children a first taste of competition in athletics, is designed to foster links between local schools and the local athletics club in order to increase participation in community-based sport.

Activities on the day included boys and girls track events in 400m, 150m and 80m and boys and girls field events in standing long jump, standing triple jump, quoit throw and javelin. Children also competed in a speed bounce agility challenge and target throw challenge.

Schools were split up into large (more than 150 pupils) and small (less than 150) and the winners were Moulton’s John Harrox (large) and Deeping St James’ Linchfield School.

Rupert told the Free Press: “The event was a marvellous display of athletic ability with a number of great running, jumping and throwing performances. I would like to thank all the children, teachers, club officials and members of staff who made the day possible.

“In particular I would like to thank the leadership academy pupils from Spalding High School years 7-10 who did a fantastic job officiating the events.”

• Two pages of pictures in Tuesday’s (July 5) Free Press.