The Spar Lancashire School Games, a leading UK sporting event for children, kicked-off at The Breck primary school, Poulton le Fylde on 4 February 2013.
The Lancashire Lion; school games organiser, Lee Cadwallader; Rachel Wood from Lancashire Sport; Fiona Addison and Kirsty McMahon from Spar distributor, James Hall, joined pupils from the school as they celebrated the launch with a host of sports activities.
The Games, now in its 12th year, is claimed to be the biggest school games programme of its kind. It is co-ordinated by Lancashire Sport Partnership’s Local Organising Committee (LOC).
The Lancashire School Games, which is part of the national £128m school games programme, is sponsored by James Hall, the Spar distributors for the North of England.
Due to the success of last year’s event, the Spar Lancashire School Games now takes on a different format, with more sports and participants than ever before.
The games will now be split into three events: the Winter Games, the Swim Gala and the Summer Games; which includes sports such as netball, tag rugby, gymnastics, football, tennis, athletics, triathlon, golf and orienteering. Over 3,200 youngsters are expected to take part in the new-look events this year.
Richard Varey, chair of the Lancashire School Games organising committee and Burnley’s Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College head teacher, said: “The Spar Lancashire School Games is a spectacular event which actively celebrates competitive sport and inspires sports stars of the future.
“It’s been our mission to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters. With the new-look format we have achieved our objectives, making it bigger and better in the process.”
Schools compete internally at Level 1, progressing to the Level 2 district inter-school competitions, which are currently underway, in an attempt to be crowned champions at the Level 3 Winter and Summer Games.