Dales teams among the winners at School Games

Pictured are Lady Manners School's winning cricket team and (below) the boccia team from Anthony Gell School.
Pictured are Lady Manners School's winning cricket team and (below) the boccia team from Anthony Gell School.
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Teams from Lady Manners in Bakewell and Wirksworth’s Anthony Gell were among the winners at the Derbyshire School Games Event, supported by Trent College, as around 1,000 young people competed in a day of close competition in glorious sunshine.

School teams represented their districts in either mini-tennis, Tri-Golf, QuadKids athletics (primary) QuadKids athletics (secondary), cricket, tennis, rounders, touch rugby, Boccia Plus and Sportshall Athletics Plus.

Lady Manners, representing Rural Derbyshire, had a winning team in the cricket event, while a team from Anthony Gell School, also representing Rural Derbyshire, won the Spirit of the Games award in the Boccia competition, for the most sporting team.

A team from Lady Manners also took third place in the Sportshall Athletics Plus in the Games, held at Trent College in Long Eaton.

The event involved pupils from primary, secondary and special schools from across Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby East and Derby West, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.

Teams qualified to represent their school sport partnership through a series of inter-school competitions.

Around 150 young leaders from schools across Derbyshire supported the running of the event, taking on roles such as scorers and umpires.

Derbyshire Sport county competition officer Craig Homer said: “The Derbyshire School Games Event is part of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme, which is one of the flagship legacy programmes linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is designed to build on the magic of 2012.

““My congratulations go to all the young people who took part. The event was a great celebration of competitive sport as we near the one-year anniversary from the 2012 Games and it showed that here in Derbyshire there is a fantastic enthusiasm for sport.

“My thanks also go to all those involved in organising and running the event, including all of the young leaders as without their support the event could not take place.”