Berkshire schools compete in Olympic-style event

Berkshire schools compete in Olympic-style event


Katherine Denham

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Berkshire schools compete in Olympic-style event

Sporty students from Maidenhead and Sunningdale fought to be the ‘Best in Berkshire’ after competing against thousands of pupils in an Olympic-style event.

Eighty-five children from Furze Platt Senior School, Newlands Girls’ School, Charters School and Oldfield Primary School won a total of five podium places in rowing, orienteering and athletics in the sixth Sainsbury’s School Games.

Olympian handball captain for Great Britain, Bobby White, and paralympic swimmer Graham Edmunds joined more than 1,000 students at the games at Wellington College in Crowthorne on July 11 and 12.

The two-day event is an initiative driven by Get Berkshire Active (GBA) to encourage more young people to get involved in competitive sport.

Chief executive of GBA, Brett Nicholls, said: "It’s vital that we carry on the Olympic legacy and do everything we can to ensure children maintain a physically active lifestyle.

"It was inspiring for everyone present to see such sporting talent in our county, especially after the phenomenon of London 2012."


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