Greater Manchester School Games Opening Ceremony

Over 2,200 young people compete at GM School Games

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    6th July 2017

Tags: school games, competition, schoolsport

The opening ceremony saw a celebration for the city of Manchester after the recent attacks at the Manchester Arena. Support was shown for Manchester through Parrs Wood choir performing ‘My Everything’, the ‘This Place’ poem being read by pupils from Tottington High School, the school which Manchester attack victim Olivia Campbell attended, and Street Shakers dance group dancing to Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ sung by singer Tasia Sky and 14 year old guitarist from Salford Josh Hart. 

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

There were 24 competitions taking place in Athletics, Basketball, BMX, Netball, Football, Rounders, New Age Kurling and many more. A full list of the sports and the results can be found here

Nearly 200 young volunteers 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 the events 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 councilors, mayors, previous Olympians and young volunteers to celebrate the city of Manchester.

The event was GreaterSport, on behalf of the local organising committee for the event. CEO, Yvonne Harrison commented:

“What a fantastic day of school sports competition and a great opportunity to celebrate the city of Manchester. We are proud to be remembering those involved in the Manchester attacks as we know so many of the schools who attended have been affected. Our Greater Manchester Summer School Games event brought schools from all 10 boroughs together for an Olympic style competition, with high performing young athletes from across the county. We are delighted by the hard work of all involved including young leaders and volunteers.”

Photos from the day can be found here.

Huge thanks go to the School Games Organisers in each area who organise the local events throughout the year.