Spar Lancashire School Games launches for 2015

Peter Dodding from event sponsor SPAR and Aliya, 10 from Great Harwood St John's primary

Peter Dodding from event sponsor Spar and Aliya from Great Harwood St John’s Primary

The countdown to this year’s Spar Lancashire School Games has officially begun following a series of launch events.

Pupils from three Lancashire schools started preparation for months of competition by taking part in sports including sprinting, long-jump, climbing and judo. The school games mascot the Lancashire Lion was also in attendance.

The Spar Lancashire School Games, now in its ninth year, is the biggest school games scheme in the county and is part of the national £128m school games programme.

The event is organised by Lancashire Sport Partnership and is implemented by the county’s school games organisers. It is sponsored by James Hall & Company, the Spar distributors for the North of England.

Schools from across Lancashire will now battle it out for a place at the Games county finals to be crowned Lancashire champions in sports including; gymnastics, handball, football, netball, rounders, athletics, tennis and tag rugby.

Peter Dodding, sales and marketing director from James Hall & Company, said: “The school games programme is a series of spectacular events and excitement is certainly building for the county finals this year across the whole of Lancashire.

“As a business dedicated to our local community we are proud to be working closely with the county sport partnership to involve as many young people in sport and physical activity as possible.”

Adrian Leather, chief executive at Lancashire Sport Partnership, said: “Lancashire Sport Partnership is extremely pleased to see the continued commitment of our sponsoring partner Spar. The firm’s support since 2006 has enabled over 16,000 young people to have fun in sport, helping achieve our goal of getting people active, keeping people moving and improving people’s lives.”

Over 2,000 youngsters are expected to take part in the Spar Lancashire School Games this year.