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Around 1,000 young people were involved in this year’s Sainsbury’s Derbyshire School Games Event, hosted at Spinkhill’s Mount St Mary’s College.

The multi-sport event saw more than 100 teams from schools across Derbyshire competing in 11 competitions at Mount St Mary’s College at Spinkhill, near Sheffield.  The Sainsbury’s School Games is one of the flagship legacy programmes linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and sits at the core of the Government’s investment in school sport.  The programme is designed to motivate and enthuse all young people to take part in competitive sport.

School Games-001 , 002 and 003 The winning team in yellow are Heritage High School. Pictured from left Josh Ashley, David Daykin golfer, Steve Crapper of Bolsover and District Cycling Club, Alexander Amdrews, Elise Dilks, Lennon Burgin, Aaron Chambers-Smith, Dean Hughes of British Cycling, Liam Woods golfer, Paul Scott, unknown, and Sian Lycett.The event was officially launched at Mount St Mary’s College (pictured on the right) when Bolsover District School Sport Partnership’s cyclo cross and grass track cycling qualification event took place to determine which school will represent the partnership at the Derbyshire School Games Event.  The event was won by a team from Heritage High School.

Team qualification and selection took place with inter-school competitions being held to determine which schools represented their school sport partnership in either Mini Tennis, Mini Tennis Plus, Quadkids athletics, cricket, cyclo cross, grass track cycling, Tri-Golf, Super Sixes Golf Plus, Boccia Plus and rounders.

The Derbyshire School Games Event involved pupils from primary, secondary and special schools from across Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby City, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, Rural Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.

County Competition Officer, Craig Homer said, “The Derbyshire School Games Event is part of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme, which is linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is designed to motivate and enthuse all young people to take part in competitive sport.  It will give many pupils the opportunity to compete at county level for the first time and will be a real celebration of sport with an opening ceremony, music, dance and sporting stars, and I’m sure it will inspire them to keep playing and competing.”

This was the culmination of the Derbyshire School Games Championships running throughout the school year.  Mount St Mary’s was delighted to host this event.