Burnley and Pendle pupils help launch SPAR School Games

Children from Burnley and Pendle helped to launch the county’s largest youth sporting event.

Holly Grove pupils at the launch
Holly Grove pupils at the launch

The official launch of the 2020 SPAR Lancashire School Games saw pupils from Holly Grove Special School in Burnley and Lomeshaye Junior School in Nelson listen to middleweight professional boxer Brian Rose who spoke about his career.

The county’s largest sporting youth event engaged 100,000 school children in 2019.

Adrian Leather, chief executive at Active Lancashire, said: “The SPAR Lancashire School Games is a unique programme which was designed around the magic of the 2012 Olympics and aims to motivate and inspire children to live active, healthy lives.

Lomeshaye pupils

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“Our network of fantastic Lancashire School Games Organisers work throughout the year to inspire teachers’ confidence in delivering regular sport sessions to ensure that children in Lancashire have opportunities to take part in competitive sport, regardless of their school’s size, location or financial resources.

“Now the largest youth sporting event in the county, the games provide not only traditional sports such as netball and athletics but also inclusive events such as angling, PAN ability football and a dedicated disability swimming gala. With the added excitement of Tokyo 2020, it promises to be a very inspirational year for young people and sport.”

Part of the national sporting initiative, School Games, the programme aims to promote healthy, active lives throughout schools across the country. The programme aims to provide the opportunity for children to partake in competitive sport, regardless of their school’s size, area, financial resources.