08:56AM, Friday 10 May 2013
Challenges in four key disciplines have been testing pupils taking part in the Quadkids Athletics competitions over a week-long series of events.
Students from schools across the Royal Borough took to the field at Newlands Girls' School in Farm Road in Maidenhead on Tuesday and Wednesday last week to compete in disciplines testing running, throwing, jumping and sprinting abilities.
The competition involved schools from the Ascot & Maidenhead School Sports Partnership (SSP) and Windsor Sports College, and included a format where all pupils take part in a sprint, a run, a long jump, and a Vortex Howler throw involving a specially-shaped ball.
Competitors at the years five to seven events were fighting for a place at the Berkshire School Games in July, while youngsters in years one to four enjoyed the fun at local level only.
More than 400 pupils from 15 schools took part, supported by a team of young leaders from Newlands.
Kelly White, school sports co-ordinator at the school, said: "All the children love being involved in the competition. There's a great atmosphere."
In the year five and six category, Oldfield Primary School and Dedworth Middle School qualified for the Berkshire School Games, while teams from Newlands' Girls School, Furze Platt Senior School, Dedworth Middle School, and Trevelyan Middle School progressed from the year seven competition.
Teams from Oldfield Primary School and St Mary's Primary School won in the junior categories.
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