Brilliant Balderstone Crowned Hockey Champions


Balderstone St Leonard’s Primary School have scored top place in the SPAR Lancashire School Games regional Year 5 and 6 Hockey competition.

Eight primary schools from Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley took part in the event, held at Accrington Academy on Wednesday 6th November with fourteen teams from Balderstone St Leonard’s Primary School (Balderstone); Peel Park Primary School (Accrington); Oakhill College (Whalley); St Nicholas Primary (Accrington); Benjamin Hargreaves Primary (Accrington); Spring Hill Primary (Accrington); St Anne’s & St Joseph’s Primary (Accrington); Whalley Primary School.

Balderstone St Leonard’s Primary School A team won the overall competition, with Benjamin Hargreaves Primary School A team taking second and the school’s B team placing third, OakHill College came in fourth.

St Leonard’s RC Primary School, Balderstone

Katy Heyworth, Balderstone St Leonard’s CE Primary School’s PE and School Sports Lead said: “We are all thrilled to have won the competition. This is only our second competition in hockey and we were surprised at how well we were performed throughout the evening. The children proudly wore their medals to school the following day.

“The more sport we participate in and the more competitions we enter, the more the children learn about the value and effect of teamwork – whether we win or lose. The SPAR Lancashire School Games certainly helps the children see the benefits of self-belief and determination.”

Jane Johnson, Lancashire School Games Organiser for Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley said: “Hockey is a great way of developing effective teamwork, self-belief and determination. The SPAR Lancashire School Games encourages schools to try new sports such as hockey, climbing and angling, and also provides children with the experience of taking part in competitive sport. Congratulations to all schools who took part!”