St Leonard’s win place in finals

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Pupils from St Leonard’s Langho took victory in tag rugby to seal their place at this year’s new-look SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals.

The team from the primary school competed against three schools from the Ribble Valley to finish in first place and will progress to the Winter Games where the pupils will compete against others from across the county.

The SPAR Lancashire School Games is organised by Lancashire Sport Partnership’s Lancashire Organising Committee (LOC) and sponsored by James Hall & Company Ltd, the SPAR distributors for the North of England.

Building on the success of last year, the games take on a different format in 2013 with the Winter Games taking place on Tuesday, the Swim Gala on May 15th and the Summer Games on July 2nd.

Around 3,200 primary and secondary pupils from across the county are expected to take part in the events which are part of the national £128m School Games programme, aimed at motivating and inspiring millions of youngsters to take part in competitive school sport.

To get to the Winter Games, St Leonard’s competed internally at Level 1, before taking part in Level 2 events in district inter-school competitions.

Richard Varey, chair of the Lancashire School Games organising committee and Burnley’s Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College Head Teacher, said: “A big well done to all the pupils who have taken part in this year’s Level 1 and 2 competitions, and congratulations to St Leonard’s for getting through to the finals.“This year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games is designed to build on the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games and offer completely inclusive sports to make sure every youngster has an opportunity to compete.

“We are really looking forward to the Winter Games and hope teachers, parents, grandparents and family friends come and cheer their teams on too.”

The SPAR Lancashire Winter and Summer School Games will take place at Stanley Park in Blackpool.