School sport is centre stage

Action from the West Yorkshire School Games
Action from the West Yorkshire School Games

School sport will be taking centre stage when more than 2,700 pupils take part in an annual West Yorkshire competition.

The 2015 West Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games, which is supported by Johnston Press Yorkshire, is aimed at providing young people from Leeds, Calderdale, Bradford and Kirklees with the chance to take part in competitive sport.

The 2015 Games will incorporate 24 sports, with 175 schools taking part across the region.

It will kick off with the secondary school athletics finals on 4 March at Northbridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, with the primary school event being hosted at the same venue on 5 March.

The focus will then turn to the badminton finals on 6 March at Garforth Leisure Centre, in Leeds, before heading to Leeds’ John Smeaton Leisure Centre for the trampolining finals on 13 March.

The Panathlon final, a new Paralympic-style competition, will also take place on 13 March at Northbridge Leisure Centre, before the multi-sport winter and summer finals take place at Leeds Beckett University on the 25 March and 7 July respectively.

Nigel Harrison, chief executive of West Yorkshire Sport, which organises the Games, said: “The West Yorkshire School Games have taken place every year since 2012 and it’s always a fantastic event and hugely popular with school pupils and teachers alike.

“The Games are getting bigger and better every year, building on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics. In fact, the event has grown to become a must-attend date in the West Yorkshire school calendar.

“It’s not all about winning but giving every young person the opportunity to compete alongside each other in an inclusive and inspirational environment which can help youngsters develop leadership skills and teamwork.

“Qualifying events have been taking place across the region and we look forward welcoming schools to the finals in 2015.”