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Sheffield schools dominate annual School Games winter festival

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Posted 2nd April 2019

Sheffield schools dominated the medals at the annual South Yorkshire School Games winter festival last Friday (22 March).

Schools from the district won 25 of the 54 medals on offer, including nine gold, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Rotherham was the second most successful district, winning 12 medals, made up of four golds, six silver, and two bronze medals.  Schools from Doncaster won nine medals; Barnsley schools won eight medals.

More than 1,700 schoolchildren competed across six different sports – athletics, boccia, cheerleading, gymnastics, handball and rugby, all aiming to be crowned county champions. The event began with an opening ceremony, including performances from Punjabi Roots Academy and a contemporary dance performance from Aston Fence School in Sheffield.  Also part of the day was an Active Schools zone, giving children who had competed at lower levels of the School Games the chance to experience the big event atmosphere of the festival.

Additionally, The Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program gave the opportunity for children with severe or profound intellectual disability, and significant physical disabilities, to take part in sport-specific activities appropriate for their ability levels.

Nigel Harrison, Chief Executive of organisers Yorkshire Sport Foundation, commented: “The winter festival is a highlight of each and every year, and this was no exception.  The recent Active Lives survey highlighted enjoyment as the main factor as to why children take part in sport and physical activity, and there was no shortage of smiling faces throughout the day.

“As always, the festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of a team of volunteers, and I’d like to thank them for their part in the day.  I’d also like to congratulate all the schools who took part.”

The South Yorkshire School Games summer festival will take place on Friday 5 July.

The full list of results can be found HERE.

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