Pupils get set for the School Games Festival

Weybread, Norfolk. Hockey action from Harleston magpies Ladies I vs Chelmsford - Sarah Brook
Weybread, Norfolk. Hockey action from Harleston magpies Ladies I vs Chelmsford - Sarah Brook

BUDDING sports stars are limbering up for Friday’s inaugural School Games Festival.

The county-wide event – organised by the Herts Sports Partnership – will take place at Hertfordshire Sports Village at the University of Hertfordshire and is designed to encourage youngsters to play more competitive sport in school.

Over 1,000 pupils will compete in a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports such as hockey, tennis, volleyball , swimming and boccia.

Jeremy Hunt, British Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, and Mark Richardson, 1996 400m relay Olympic medal winner, will both be involved in the opening ceremony.

The Hertfordshire School Games is one of nine pilot events taking place across the country this summer ahead of the launch of the full national School Games programme in September.

Christine Neyndorff, Director of the Herts Sports Partnership, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get schools from across our region competing against each other and experiencing all that is great about sport.”

Further information about how schools can become involved in the School Games can be found at www.yourschoolgames.com