GM school games opening ceremony

2,000 Young Sporting Stars Compete at Greater Manchester School Games

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    21st March 2018

Tags: school games, education, competition

2,000 school pupils from across Greater Manchester gathered at The Regional Athletics Arena yesterday morning for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Greater Manchester’s Winter School Games. CBBC presenter Lauren Layfield delivered the Opening Ceremony with special guests including Wigan singer, Jake Mckechnie, who reached the finals on The Voice Kids 2017 and St James' Cheer group (pictured below).

There were competitions taking place in Athletics, Basketball, Boccia, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, New Age Kurling, Rugby League, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis.

World-class facilities from around the county were utilised for the games, including the National Cycling Centre, Eastlands Athletics Arena and the National Basketball Performance Centre where competitions took place.

Nearly 150 young leaders came together to form the School Games crew this year. They underwent training before the event, with some gaining qualifications to ensure they could help deliver their allocated event with the National Governing Body of their sport. Responsibilities of the volunteers on the day included refereeing, officiating and team management.

The Games also welcomed Gymnastic star, Beth Tweddle MBE and Alan Newton, an Olympic bronze medallist at the Cycling Competition in Helsinki in 1952, who were both on hand to inspire our young athletes. Beth helped to deliver the Gymnastics competition with her company Total Gymnastics.

The School Games Organisers across Greater Manchester have organised and delivered local competitions with 140,751 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.

Matt Johnson, Deputy CEO at GreaterSport, organisers of the Greater Manchester School Games said:

“What a fantastic day of school sport competition, the event provides a terrific platform in which these 2,000 young people can showcase their talents at world-class venues. What I particularly enjoyed is seeing the passion and enjoyment from not just the competitors but the teachers, parents, volunteers and competition deliverers too, this started at the opening ceremony and continued throughout the competitions.”

A full list of results and schools who took part as well as photographs from the day can be found at

The Greater Manchester Summer School Games will take place on Friday 6th July 2018.