Developing super athletics skills in West Lancashire

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School children from West Lancashire have been perfecting their athletics skills in the SPAR Lancashire School Games Year 3/4 Quad Kids competition and Year 7/8 Super 8 event, alongside Lancashire’s very own, Team GB athlete, Harry Coppell.

Designed to introduce school children to athletics, the Quad Kids competition brought together 21 schools from across the region, tasking them with 4 athletics activities; 50m Sprint; 400m Run; Standing Long Jump and Mini Vortex Howler Throw.

Each school team was made up of 12 players, 6 boys and 6 girls and the top 4 boys, and top 4 girls’ points from each team were added up to determine the final total for each school.

Aughton Town Green Primary School were crowned overall champions of the event, with Aughton St Michael’s Church of England Primary School coming second and Lordsgate Township Church of England Primary School placing third.

Other schools taking part in the event were; Woodland Community Primary, Skelmersdale; St Francis of Assisi RC Primary, Skelmersdale; Ormskirk Church of England Primary, Ormskirk; Burscough St John’s Church of England Primary, Burscough; Mere Brow Primary, Tarleton; Tarleton Community Primary, Tarleton; Aughton St Michaels, Aughton; Richard Durnings Endowed Primary, Parbold; St Thomas the Martyr, Skelmersdale; St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Upholland; Holland Moor Primary, Skelmersdale; Aughton Christ Church, Aughton; Lordsgate Township, Burscough; Tarleton Holy Trinity, Tarleton; Rufford CE, Rufford; Upholland Crawford Village Primary, Upholland; Cobbs Brow Primary, Skelmersdale; Scarisbrick St Marks Primary, Scarisbrick; Halsall St Cuthberts, Halsall; Our Lady and All Saints Primary, Parbold.

The Year 7/8 Super 8 event was also designed to encourage children to engage with athletics, with teams of 8 children having to engage with 1 track event, 1 field event and 1 relay each. For many, this was the first time they had participated in athletic events at secondary school level.

7 West Lancashire schools took part, with Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College winning the boys competition, and Ormskirk School securing first place in the girls’ competition. Other schools taking part were Burscough Priory Academy; Lathom High School, Skelmersdale; Up Holland High School; Tarleton Academy; St Bedes Catholic High School, Ormskirk.

Chris Hart, Lancashire School Games Organiser for West Lancashire said:  “We were delighted to be able to engage with so many West Lancashire schools, and Harry was really impressed with the level of determination demonstrated by the pupils – determination is one of the six School Games values, and very important in athletics.”

“Thank you to Edge Hill University who allowed us to use their fantastic facilities and the brilliant young leaders from St Bede’s Catholic High School Ormskirk and Ormskirk School who assisted with the event, helping to record the results with the West Lancashire Sports Partnership staff.”

Chris added: “Young leaders from all schools attending the Year 7/8 Super 8 event also took part in a Track and Field Leaders’ Training Session, learning more about how to record results and what is needed for a press release when reporting on match events, helping to prepare them for helping at the county finals. We can’t wait to see all qualifying West Lancashire schools represent their district at the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals – it promises to be a very exciting day!”

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