VIDEO: Hundreds of children take part in Northamptonshire’s school games

Almost 1,000 youngsters from across the county have taken part in the annual School Games today (Thursday, July 10).

Children took part in 18 different sports – from athletics to archery and triathlon to table cricket – as members of five school sports partnerships, which included Kettering, Wellingborough & East Northants and Corby, Oundle & Thrapston.

Children take part in the Sainsbury's Summer School Games

Children take part in the Sainsbury's Summer School Games

More youngsters had been due to participate in the event but were not able to do so because of today’s strike by some teachers.

Those that did do so, as well as 150 young leaders who helped the competitions run smoothly, were greeted by glorious sunshine at Moulton College.

The Sainsbury’s School Games is a national initiative run by Sport England to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. In the county, it is organised by Northamptonshire Sport, and a winter version of the event took place in Kettering in February.

Chris Holmes, director of Northamptonshire Sport, said: “It’s all about getting youngsters to play more sports within their schools. There will have been 25,000 youngsters taking part before today.

Northamptonshire Sainsbury's School Games at Moulton College

Northamptonshire Sainsbury's School Games at Moulton College

“It’s them enjoying it from the point of view of competition, learning lessons around winning and losing and stretching themselves.

“What we try and do on a day like this is make the connection through to local clubs.”

GB triathlete Mark Threlfall, who as the event’s sporting champion gave his backing to the youngsters taking part, said he was impressed with how the schools had embraced the games.

He said: “You have got a lot of sports here that weren’t available to me when I was at that age.

“They are all having such a good time, there’s no-one here sat around. They are all involved and smiling from ear to ear.”