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  1. Published on: 06/07/2018 06:01 AMReported by: rogerblaxall
    Youngsters from schools across West Lancashire stormed to success at this year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games County finals, clinching three medals and coming overall third place.

    More than 2,000 pupils from 15 districts took part in the county's largest youth sporting event, in a bid to be crowned county champions in 16 sports following months of qualifying competitions.

    This year pupils enjoyed battling it out in glorious sunshine at Stanley Park in Blackpool; Team West Lancashire shot to success, racking up an impressive medal tally including a gold, silver and bronze.

    The district was helped to success by Burscough Priory Science College pupils, who ran to success in the Y7/8 duathlon event, snatching gold. Meanwhile, Aughton Town Green Primary School did the district proud after bringing home silver in quad kids athletics.

    The success did not stop there, with St Bede’s Catholic High School impressing judges with their map reading skills and navigating themselves to a bronze medal in the mainstream inclusive orienteering event.

    Team West Lancashire came in at an overall third place out of 16 on the day, with a total of 167 points – only 17 points from gold winners Chorley, which was presented overall county champions status for the second year running.

    As a tradition, the opening ceremony was hosted by Rock FM, where presenter Pete Otway introduced pupils marching in the district parade. The parade was led by team Chorley after Ayeesha Mahmood from Buckshaw Primary School won the annual cultural flag competition.

    Gabriella Sykes from Oakhill School in Ribble Valley shared her pledge speech at the opening ceremony, underpinning the values which the SPAR Lancashire School Games upholds; determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork.

    The Lancashire Lion, SPAR Lancashire School Games mascot, was on hand to cheer on pupils throughout the day, while more than 200 young leaders from across Lancashire volunteered to support the event in a variety of roles such as school games makers and new for 2018, SPAR media leaders.

    During the closing ceremony, children entertained the crowds with energetic performances including ‘Be Our Guest’ by pupils at Coppull Primary School in Chorley, St Aiden’s High School performed a dance medley from Cats the musical, Chorley Dance Academy showcased their talents in a mixed dance routine, while youngsters from Euxton Primary School got the crowd singing along to their rendition of ‘Electricity’ from Billy Elliott the musical. Spectators were also treated to a performance from Britain’s Got Talent star Ella Shaw.

    Now in its twelfth year, the SPAR Lancashire School Games is organised by Active Lancashire, implemented by the county’s school games organisers and sponsored by James Hall & Company Ltd, SPAR distributors for the North of England. Each organisation comes together to comprise a series of inclusive sporting events that provides competitive and participative opportunities for all school children across Lancashire.

    Peter Dodding, sales and marketing director at James Hall & Company Ltd, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to support and be part of the biggest youth sporting event in Lancashire. We are committed to encouraging young people of all abilities to participate in competitive, inclusive team sports and each year at the county finals, I am blown away by the passion the children across Lancashire have about keeping active.

    “I’d like to personally congratulate all those who took part and most importantly had fun throughout the day.”

    Chris Hart, school games organiser for West Lancashire, said: “As the SPAR Lancashire School Games continues to grow each year we see more and more youngsters across Lancashire taking part, having fun and trying new sports which is exactly what we aim to achieve.

    “As always, the county finals event was a huge success and it was fantastic to see youngsters from across the district getting in the team spirit at each sporting event. Congratulations to everyone who took part and a huge well done to West Lancashire area pupils for making everyone in the district proud.

    “I’d finally like to thank the young leaders and all the volunteers who were on hand to support not just the county finals but during the level two events throughout the academic year - without this support the SPAR Lancashire School Games would not be possible.”

    KS3 inclusive orienteering (mainstream)
    Gold – Hyndburn: Accrington Academy
    Silver – Burnley: Blessed Trinity RC College
    Bronze – West Lancashire: St Bede’s Catholic High School

    KS3 inclusive orienteering (specialist schools)
    Gold – South Ribble: Moor Hey School
    Silver – Burnley: Ridgewood Community High School
    Bronze – Heysham

    Tee-ball (mainstream)
    Gold – Pendle: Pendle Vale College

    Tee-ball (specialist schools)
    Gold – Burnley
    Silver – Blackpool: Park Community Academy
    Bronze – Blackburn

    Inclusive new age kurling
    Gold – Chorley: Mayfield School
    Silver – Blackpool: Highfurlong School
    Bronze – Burnley: Ridgewood Community High School

    PAN football
    Gold – Chorley: Holy Cross Catholic High School
    Silver – Lancaster
    Bronze – Hyndburn

    Primary orienteering (Y5/6)
    Gold – South Ribble Worden
    Silver – South Ribble Brownedge
    Bronze – Rossendale

    Touch rugby
    Gold – South Ribble Worden: Balshaw’s Church of England High School
    Silver – Blackburn: Darwen Vale High School
    Bronze – Ribble Valley: St Augustines RC High School

    Quad kids athletics (Y3/4)
    Gold – Chorley: Euxton CofE Primary School
    Silver – West Lancashire: Aughton Town Green Primary School
    Bronze – Heysham: Bolton-le-Sands Primary School

    Duathlon (Y7/8)
    Gold – West Lancashire: Burscough Priory Science College
    Silver – Chorley: Albany Academy
    Bronze – Rossendale: Haslingden High School

    Duathlon (Y9/10)
    Gold – Rossendale: Hasslingden High School
    Silver – Chorley: Albany Academy
    Bronze – Preston

    High five netball (Y5/6)
    Gold – Ribble Valley: Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School
    Silver – Wyre: Carleton St Hilda’s CE Primary School
    Bronze – Burnley: St Joseph’s Park Hill School

    Tri golf (Y3/4)
    Gold – Preston: St Andrew’s CE Primary School
    Silver – South Ribble Worden: Ashbridge School
    Bronze – Wyre: Rossall School

    Super 8 athletics (boys)
    Gold – Chorley: Holy Cross Catholic High School
    Silver – Lancaster: Lancaster Royal Grammar School
    Bronze – South Ribble Worden

    Super 8 athletics (girls)
    Gold – Chorley: St Michael’s CE High School
    Silver – Blackburn: St Bede’s Roman Catholic High School
    Bronze – Preston: Archbishop Temple School

    Girls’ football
    Gold – Wyre: Shakespeare Primary School
    Silver – Chorley: Euxton CE Primary School
    Bronze – Heysham: Great Wood Primary School

    Kwik sticks hockey (Y5/6)
    Gold – Lancaster
    Silver – Heysham: St Peter’s Church of England Primary School
    Bronze – Chorley: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

    Gold – Ribble Valley: Bowland High
    Silver – South Ribble Worden: Balshaw’s Church of England High School
    Bronze – Blackburn: Westholme School

    Mixed cricket
    Gold – Fylde: Lytham Hall Park Primary School
    Silver – Ribble Valley: Pendle Primary School
    Bronze – Blackburn: The Olive School

    Overall winners
    Gold – Chorley 184 points
    Silver – Burnley 182 points
    Bronze – West Lancashire 167 points

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