Leeds pupils are on their marks to qualify for a West Yorkshire School Games.
Youngsters from Leeds schools are set to take part in qualifying competitions to secure their place at the Jet2 sponsored Holidays Games’ finals next year.
It follows the official opening ceremony at Tong High School, with West Yorkshire’s British and European weightlifting champion, Rebekah Tiler.
Rebekah said: “This is a great way of inspiring kids to get into sport. It gives them the opportunity to try out different sports and also gives support to move forward and compete at a higher level.”
Six sporting finals, 24 sports, 150 volunteers, 175 schools and 2,700 primary and secondary pupils make up the School Games programme in West Yorkshire, which are part of the Sainsbury’s School Games.
Leeds pupils will be going head-to-head with schools from across West Yorkshire in four standalone final events in 2015 – badminton, netball, trampolining and Panathlon – and the winter and summer multi-sport finals.
Steve Curran, chair of the West Yorkshire School Games local organising committee, said: “We really believe in a community approach to achieving excellence and sport’s key to this.”
The West Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games are organised by West Yorkshire Sport and delivered with support from a team of school games organisers.
Vicky Joel, director of operations at West Yorkshire Sport, said: “The School Games are all about opportunity and support. It’s not just about winning but providing children the infrastructure to take part in a competition environment and celebrating the achievements of each and every pupil.”
The West Yorkshire School Games is supported by Jet2 Holidays and Education Network.