Compasses at the ready for South Ribble school children


South Ribble school children have been honing their navigation and logic skills as part of the SPAR Lancashire School Games Orienteering competition.

19 primary schools from the South Ribble district took part in the event, held in the grounds of the University of Central Lancashire’s Sports Arena, with 6 children from Year 5-6 in each team.

Orienteering is a competitive sport where teams must find their way around an area with the help of a map and compass, as quickly as possible and through effective navigation and teamwork skills.

Two teams were crowned the overall winners of the Level 2 event and will now represent South Ribble (Brownedge and Worden) in the SPAR Lancashire School Games: St Bede’s Catholic Primary School (Brownedge) and St Oswald’s Roman Catholic Primary School (Worden).

Lynn Murray, PE Specialist at St Bede’s Catholic Primary School said: “It was lovely to give the children an opportunity to take part in a minority sport and see them enjoy the experience so much. They have undertaken some orienteering as part of the curriculum which gave them some basic skills but to compete at this level was a fantastic experience”.

Kevin Loughran, school games organiser for South Ribble said: “It has been a fantastic day – orienteering allows children to develop their quick thinking, navigation and teamwork skills. Congratulations to all involved and we look forward to seeing St Bede’s and St Oswald’s representing the South Ribble Borough at the county finals in July at Stanley Park, Blackpool.”


Full list of schools involved:

St Mary Magdalen’s, St Bede’s, Hoole St Michael’s, Whitefield, St Mary and St Benedict’s, Mossside, Brindle Gregson Lane, New Longton, Higher Walton, Woodlea, Leyland St Mary’s, Seven Stars, Moorhey, Samlesbury, Cop Lane, St Patrick’s, St Teresa’s, St Oswald’s.