Starters orders for games

The Jet2holidays West Yorkshire School Games 2014 at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. Ten-year-old Jessica Hirst from Highbury School, Rastrick.
The Jet2holidays West Yorkshire School Games 2014 at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. Ten-year-old Jessica Hirst from Highbury School, Rastrick.

North Bridge Leisure Centre is set to play host to the finals of the 2015 West Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games.

Around 800 pupils will be taking part in the two sporting finals on March 4 and 5.

A total of 80 school teams from Leeds, Calderdale, Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield have qualified for the two-day Sports Hall Athletics finals.

Secondary school pupils will go head-to-head on Wednesday, March 4 between 9.30am and 4.30pm before the primary school competition the following day between 9.30am and 4pm.

They will compete in a range of athletics disciplines including relay running, soft javelin and standing long jump and triple jump to win gold, silver and bronze medals.

The annual West Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games, part of the Sainsbury’s School Games, are organised by West Yorkshire Sport and delivered in partnership with a team of school games organisers.

Nigel Harrison, chief executive of West Yorkshire Sport, said: “We can’t wait to kick off the finals events with the Sport Hall athletics and badminton competitions.

“They’re always really popular with the young people and generate a great atmosphere.

“The qualifying competitions have been fantastic and really captured what this competition is all about - inspiring young people to get into sport.

“It gives them the opportunity and platform to try out different sports and also the support and infrastructure to move forward and compete at a higher level.”

The other events which make up the 2015 West Yorkshire School Games programme, supported by Johnston Press Yorkshire, are trampolining, Panathlon, Futsal, kwik cricket and the multi-sport winter and summer finals.

The West Yorkshire School Games is supported by Education Network and aims to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

According to the Department of Education, 55 per cent of pupils across Years one to 13 participate in at least three hours of PE and out-of-school sport in England per week.

The most common sport for five to 10-year-olds is swimming, and football for 11 to 15-year-olds.