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2,000 young people to battle it out at Greater Manchester School Games

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    13th March 2018

Tags: school games, education, competition

Over 2,000 young people will be taking part in the 2018 Greater Manchester Winter School Games competition, taking place on Tuesday 20th March. The event will see the winners from the 10 local boroughs battle against each other in their sport to become Greater Manchester Champions.

The Greater Manchester School Games is now in its seventh year and its 14th festival and is one of the largest School Games events in the Country with 25 competitions in total across 14 sports, consisting of Basketball, Lacrosse and New Age Kurling amongst others and utilising nine of Greater Manchester’s venues, including the Regional Athletics Arena and The National Basketball Performance Centre.

The School Games Organisers across Greater Manchester have organised local competitions with 140,751 individuals having taken part in this academic year so far. Their winners then attend the Greater Manchester School Games to compete to become the Greater Manchester champions in their sport. The winter festival will see the Greater Manchester Champions crowned in 25 competitions. 

The athletes will experience an opening ceremony at The Regional Athletics Arena. This will be hosted by CBBC presenter Lauren Layfied. She will be joined by;

  • Jake McKechnie, from Dean’s Trust School, Wigan. Jake was on’s team on the Voice Kids 2017 where he made it to the finals.
  • Team Rubicon who will be providing an exciting skating demo as part of the opening ceremony.
  • Our ‘Greater Manchester’s got talent’ competition winners - Cheerleaders from St James’ School, Bolton.

Matt Johnson, Acting CEO at GreaterSport said “We are really excited for next week’s Greater Manchester School Games. We have over 2,000 young people from across the 10 districts of Greater Manchester coming together.Along with the performers in the opening ceremony the event will showcase the fantastic talent we have in Greater Manchester and the positive outcomes sport can have on young people.”

The event is organised by GreaterSport on behalf of the Local Organising Committee and they will be joined on the day by the School Games Crew, which is over 140 volunteers from schools across the County who will work with the organisers to ensure the day runs smoothly.

For a full list of schools who have qualified, sports, competitions, venues and more information on the event please visit To keep up to date on the day follow #GMSchoolGames on twitter.