Stacey Copeland opening the 2018 Summer School Games

2,000 Young People Starred in Hottest Greater Manchester School Games To Date

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    6th July 2018

Tags: school games, education, schools, competition, #GMinclusion

2,000 school pupils from across Greater Manchester gathered at The Regional Athletics Arena this morning for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Greater Manchester’s Summer School Games. Special guests included Bolton singer Laura White, female boxer Stacey Copeland and Special Olympian Kiera Byland.

This year the 2018 Greater Manchester Summer School Games comprised of 21 competitions in 14 different sports across 7 venues, including the National Cycling Centre and Regional Athletics Arena. The sports on show were Athletics, Baseball/Softball, BMX, Dodgeball, Football, Goalball, Golf, Netball, New Age Kurling, Rounders, Rugby Union and Tennis as well as a participation festival which gave young people an opportunity to take part in a number of sports.

The event was opened by female boxer, Stacey Copeland, at the Opening Ceremony at the Regional Athletics Arena Outdoor Athletics Arena. The athletes enjoyed an opening ceremony with performances from;

  • The UKCA Cheerleading champions; Manchester’s St Francis School.
  • Laura White, Bolton singer who came 8th in the 2008 X-factor finals who performed her new single; Heartbreaker.

The event is funded by the National Lottery through Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust and delivered in Greater Manchester by GreaterSport on behalf of the Greater Manchester Local Organising Committee. They are supported by competition deliverers and School Games organisers, and approximately 160 young volunteers. The majority of the volunteers are students from across Greater Manchester Schools. All members of the School Games Crew have been given training for their role where they have developed skills specific to their sport, eg, refereeing.

Sara Tomkins, CEO GreaterSport said, “What a fantastic day of school sport competition, it was amazing to have over 2,000 young people take part in what was definitely the hottest Greater Manchester School Games to date. The passion, determination and teamwork shown by the athletes today is what the School Games is all about and I hope they continue to strive to be the best they can be in their sport!”

The School Games Organisers across Greater Manchester have organised and delivered local competitions with 241,253 individuals having taken part in this academic year so far. Their winners then attended the Greater Manchester School Games to compete to become the Greater Manchester champions in their sport.

The results from the events can be found here