MORE than 1,600 youngsters got in the Olympic spirit by taking part in the first South Yorkshire School Games, at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe.
After an athletes’ parade, 142 teams from schools in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster competed in seven sports on Monday and Tuesday. Almost 580 medals were presented.
Helen Cund, head of operations at South Yorkshire Sport, described the games as “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 of operators MLS, of Chapeltown, said there had been a friendly and competitive spirit. “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.”
A further 1,600 pupils are expected to take part in a summer games at Abbeydale Park in Sheffield on July 2 and 3.