Caption: Sheffield were the overall winners
after collecting 11 Gold medals.
Youngsters from Sheffield and Doncaster were gripped by Olympic
fever when they took part in the first ever South Yorkshire School
In an event based on the Olympic and Paralympic ideals, more
than 1,600 youngsters from Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and
Doncaster came together for the winter School Games finals at the
English Institute of Sport-Sheffield.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Sylvia Dunkley, formally
opened the games, which featured an athletes' parade with
torchbearers to mark the start of the first of two School Games
festivals this year.
The event saw 1,632 participants and 142 teams from schools
across South Yorkshire, competing in 17 competitions across seven
sports - athletics, netball, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics,
boccia and new-age curling. Almost 580 medals were awarded
during the event.
Helen Cund, Head of Operations at South Yorkshire Sport, one of
the county sport partnerships overseeing the delivery of the School
Games across, said:
"The South Yorkshire School Games has been a fantastic showcase
of competitive school sport and culture for young people across our
region, kicking off what we hope will become a focal point in the
school sport calendar for at least the next three years."
Yuri Matischen, managing director at School Games operators MLS,
of Chapeltown, added:
"It has been a fantastic atmosphere at EIS-Sheffield during the
first ever School Games. It has also been wonderful to see so much
friendly, competitive spirit between the schools and regions taking
part. I hope the event has inspired all the youngsters to keep
playing sport in future and I'm sure many of them will one day be
representing their country at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Well done to all the winners."
The winter finals at South Yorkshire level were the culmination
of a range of local competitions within and between schools in
Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield.
George Butt, 10, from Stradbroke Primary School,
Sheffield, took part in netball competitions at the School
He said: "I have been so excited about taking part in the School
games because I really like it when we all come together to play
sport. It's great to compete with other schools. We have been
practicing really hard for about six to eight weeks.
"We will definitely do our best to win! The best thing about the
games is trying your hardest and doing the best you can do.
It's very exciting being at EIS-Sheffield where I've met Jessica
Ennis before. She's really kind and I want to be that good when I'm
A further 1,600 pupils are expected to take part in the summer
festival on July 2 and 3 at the Abbeydale Park Sports Complex in
Sheffield, when football, tennis, rugby union, rowing and rounders
will all feature.
The South Yorkshire School Games is part of a wider School Games
National Programme funded by Sport England, working to engage all
children and young people in school years three to 13 in high
quality, inclusive sport competitions as part of the Coalition
Government's school sport priorities.
Caption: Pupils from Doncaster (yellow) and
overall winners Sheffield (Green) take part in the games and show
off their medals.