Team Blackpool for the 2019 SPAR Lancashire School Games continued to take shape as Primary Schools headed for Tee Time Golf Centre for the Tri-Golf Competition that formed part of the qualifying campaign for the SPAR Lancashire School Games that is taking place in Stanley Park on Tuesday 2 July. A soggy Monday afternoon of golf might not be everyone’s cup of tea but a bit of rain didn’t stop schools getting involved in the skills station carousel and trying their best to claim the tangerine t-shirts to be part of Team Blackpool.
The SPAR Lancashire School Games are sponsored by Lancashire business, James Hall & Co – SPAR UK’s wholesaler and distributor for the North of England – who are based in Preston. This will be the thirteenth year that James Hall & Co have sponsored the SPAR Lancashire School Games and the company is delighted to be continuing the partnership.
Peter Dodding, Sales and Marketing Director at James Hall & Co said: “We are thrilled to be able to continue our support for the SPAR Lancashire School Games and to help to promote healthy, active lifestyles throughout the county alongside our partners Active Lancashire and the Lancashire school games organisers. Last year the games reached over 94,000 Lancashire school children – an amazing achievement and one we can’t wait to repeat in 2019.”
Young leaders from Blackpool Sixth worked under the guidance of Bobby Lee from Tee Time Golf Centre to support the budding young golfers during the event and to keep an eye on the all-important points that the schools were accumulating as they completed each of their pitch and putt challenges whist trying the dodge the rain clouds. Players from Gateway, Holy Family, St Kentigerns, Stanley and Westminster provided the highlights of the afternoon as they got to grips with the activities that tested their focus and concentration as well as providing a few giggles along the way. With the young leaders taking control of the points the teachers were able to stand back and take in the action whilst giving some Ryder Cup standard words of encouragement which included ‘whack it’, ‘aim for the hole’ and ‘hold the club the other way’.
As the final skills challenges came to a close the players came together to thank Bobby and the young leaders for looking after them before gathering for the teachers challenge and a chance to get their own back as it was the turn of the big boys and girls to aim for the bullseye in the chipping challenge. Despite some faces of high level concentration the teachers might need a few more weeks of practice as it was definitely a day for the children in the points. April and Tom from Sport Blackpool got the schools in a huddle to keep warm as the afternoon rain was closing in ready to announce the name of the school that had made it through to the SPAR Lancashire School Games. The players from Holy Family made sure that the tri-golf champions’ stayed north shore as they once again claimed the title and more importantly secured their place in Team Blackpool.
Dave Rohman, Blackpool School Games Organiser, said “The schools have come back after the half term break hungry for success as the games get closer by the week. We were fearing the worst when the clouds turned dark in the hours leading up to the event but the children soon brightened things up when they came skipping into the club ready for an afternoon of fun. It was great to work with Bobby from Tee Time Golf Centre again as we continue to develop our school sport partnership in our quest to get more children playing golf in Blackpool. The points were very close heading into the final round of challenges but Holy Family kept their nerve and were welcomed into the tangerine team ready for the SPAR Lancashire School Games.”