AKS success in Lancashire School Games


By Tom Rawcliffe

Year Five and Six pupils from AKS Lytham and Sacred Heart have progressed to the Sportshall Athletics county finals.

12 primary schools came together at Blackpool Sports Centre on Thursday night to fight for a chance to represent the Wyre and Fylde borough in the Lancashire School Games.

AKS Lytham took the gold medal while Sacred Heart took silver, meaning that they will represent Fylde and Wyre respectively in the county finals.

Helen Leeming, teacher at AKS, said: “I feel amazing for the children; they’ve worked so hard to get here.

“It’s been an amazing experience and we can’t wait to improve for the county finals. Our aim is to come in the top three this year!”

Each school involved reached Thursday night’s School Games final after competing in their cluster events across the Wyre and Fylde School Sports partnership.

The evening, organised by Lee Cadwallader, consisted of various different events on both track and field, all of which were scored by young leaders from Carr Hill High School.

Track events included several relay races, whereas in the field pupils tried their hand at the likes of standing triple jump and chest push.

Medals were then awarded to the top three schools (AKS Lytham, Sacred Heart and Newton Bluecoat) by athletes who started their careers in the School Games.

Director of Sport at AKS, Mark Walmsley, said: “It’s so inclusive. It’s about kids enjoying what they’re doing and finding something that they can enjoy and going on to continue to participate in sport right the way through their lives.”

The county final takes place on Tuesday 5 March at Blackpool Sport Centre.