VIDEO: Thousands of Children Compete at South Yorkshire School Games

The South Yorkshire School Games Winter Festival took place in Sheffield today, as 89 schools competed in the county finals.

The event, which took place at the England Institute of Sport, included schools from across Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.

Thousands of children took part in nine sports, including basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.

The county finals in South and West Yorkshire are organised by the Yorkshire Sport Foundation.

Volunteers and organisers spent the day organising the event timetable, coaching and refereeing various sports.

Simon Pugh, an organiser from the Yorkshire Sport Foundation hailed the event as a success, saying “There’s lots of different activities taking place, and it’s nice to see everyone come together to try and be the South Yorkshire champions.”

Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page attended the opening ceremony of the event as a guest of honour, showing the children her medal from Rio 2016 and signing autographs.

A volunteer at the event said: “Seeing Bryony at the opening ceremony was such an inspiration for the young people and you could see the smiles on their faces.”

Parents were also invited to the event to watch the sports, and one parent said “Events like this are great for the children as it not only keeps them active, but allows them to make friends.”

The best athletes throughout the day will progress to the next stage of the competition, the national finals.

 

 

 

 

 

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