Burnley pupils secure county finals place in SPAR Games

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School pupils from across Burnley have secured places at the largest youth sporting event in the county, the SPAR Lancashire School Games, after taking victory in high five netball and orienteering events.

Over 200 children from 28 schools took part in a netball competition which saw Wellfield Methodist and Anglican Church School beat Worsthorne Primary School 5-3 in the final match and claim their county finals place.

Elsewhere, wet and windy conditions didn’t stop pupils from Christ the King Roman Catholic Primary School storming to success in an orienteering event held at Towneley Park, overcoming competition from almost 140 children from 23 schools.

The pupils will now go on to represent the district at the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals where they will compete against teams from 14 other Lancashire districts to be named county champions in high five netball and orienteering.

Helen Tyson, who is the school games organiser for Burnley and arranged the events, said: “Excitement is really building now and it’s wonderful to see children so passionate about sport, determined to get their hands on those last few county finals places.

“I’d like to thank all involved in coordinating the high five netball and orienteering competitions, and offer my congratulations to both Wellfield Methodist and Anglican Church School and Christ the King Roman Catholic Primary School for coming out on top. Let’s hope for more success next month in Blackpool.”

Now in its 10th year, the SPAR Lancashire School Games comprises two main events designed to give all children the opportunity to participate in competitive sport.

Schools across Lancashire will now battle it out for a place at the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals, to compete against pupils from 15 county districts to be crowned champions in sports including rounders, tennis, orienteering, netball, athletics and gymnastics.

Over 2,400 youngsters are expected to take part in the event at Stanley Park in Blackpool on July 5th, a result of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, which inspired thousands of children to participate in competitive sport.