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Schoolchildren celebrate 20 years of multi-sport festivals

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Posted 4th July 2019

More than 1,000 schoolchildren from across West Yorkshire took part in a festival of sport at Leeds Beckett University on Monday.

The West Yorkshire School Games, in association with Leeds Beckett Univeristy, welcomed children from more than 100 schools to compete in nine different sports, all bidding to be crowned county champions.

Organised by Yorkshire Sport Foundation, it was the 20th anniversary of multi-sport festivals in the county, and began with an Olympic style opening ceremony, featuring rising athletics star, Ethan Hussey.

Children competed across sports including boccia, New Age Kurling, tag rugby, gymnastics, cycling, tennis, netball, tri-golf and athletics.  There was also an Active Schools zone led by Leeds Beckett University, which provided children who hadn’t reached this stage of the competition the opportunity to experience the festival atmosphere.

Schools from Leeds topped the medal table by virtue of six gold medals in a total of eleven.  Kirklees schools matched that overall total, winning four gold, three silver and four bronze medals. Calderdale schools claimed ten medals; there were six medals for Bradford schools and two medals for schools from Wakefield.

Nigel Harrison, CEO of Yorkshire Sport Foundation, commented: “Congratulations to all the schools who took part in this milestone event.  Across 20 years, more than 34,000 schoolchildren have competed and more than 2,000 volunteers have helped make these events possible.  As with each event in the last two decades, it was great to see everyone doing it with a smile on their face.

“I’d like to thank Leeds Beckett University for their continued support and we all look ahead to the 2019/20 events, and even more children getting the opportunity to experience the enjoyment sport can bring.”

“Leeds Beckett University is proud to continue its support of the West Yorkshire School Games and partnership with Yorkshire Sport Foundation,” said Sally Nickson, Director of Sport and Active Lifestyles at Leeds Beckett University.

“We were delighted to see over a thousand talented school pupils take part in an incredible day of sporting activity and to be involved in the 20th anniversary of multi-sport festivals.”

The full list of results can be found here.

Photos of the medal winners can be viewed here.

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