Full week of sport for young athletes

West Yorkshire Schools opened the Olympic year in style at the WY Winter School Games and Parallel Games this week.

Over 1,700 young athletes from schools across the district turned out to compete in the county finals in seven sports and three disability sports.

The events kicked off in style on Saturday at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Headingley Carnegie campus with 750 pupils taking part in an Olympic style opening ceremony before heading off for the finals in badminton, basketball, football, table tennis and cross country.

On Monday the action moved to North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax where 600 primary, Yr7 and Yr8 pupils took part in Sportshall Athletics.

Tuesday saw the end of the winter games with 160 pupils taking part in the trampolining competition.

The WY Winter School Parallel Games also took place on Tuesday at Batley Sports and tennis centre where the sports contested were disability football, sportshall and inclusive zone basketball.

Calderdale athletes impressed across a number of disciplines with a number gaining gold status.

They were: Brooksbank in the under 14 boys badminton, Crossley Heath under 16 Girls Badminton, Old Earth in the under 11 Boys Football and also the under nine (Y3&4) Boys Cross County.

North Halifax emerged victorious in the Sportshall Athletics Secondary Year 8 girls event while Brooksbank impressed in the trampolining winning the KS3 Level 1 and 2 as well as the KS4 Level 3.

Crossley Heath, Park Lane and Brooksbank finished in silver status positions in the Sportshall Athletics Secondary Y7 Girls, Sportshall Athletics Secondary Y8 Girls and KS3 Level 1 trampolining while bronze status was achieved by Crossley Heath in the under 14 Girls badminton, Rastrick in the under 16 boys basketball and Brooksbank in the under 13 boys table tennis.

Ravenscliffe School and Ryburn also collected bronze in the intermediate and novice disability football respectively.