Ribble Valley youngsters storm to medal success at SPAR Games

Ribble Valley wins gold in high five netball
Ribble Valley wins gold in high five netball
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Youngsters from schools across Ribble Valley stormed to success at this year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games County finals, clinching four medals.

More than 2,000 pupils from 15 districts took part in the largest youth sporting event across Lancashire, in a bid to be crowned county champions in 16 sports following months of qualifying competitions. This year pupils enjoyed battling it out in glorious sunshine at Stanley Park in Blackpool.

Bowland High School wins gold in rounders

Bowland High School wins gold in rounders

Team Ribble Valley impressed judges, scooping medals from across the board in a variety of highly-contested competitions.

Two gold medals were successfully achieved, one by Bowland High School at the girls’ rounders event, which saw pupils compete in four competitions to gain a place at the finals.

After the initial matches, the finals saw three schools battle it out against each other for a chance to become county champions.

The success did not stop there for team Ribble Valley, with the district’s pupils also shooting to success at the high five netball competition to secure another gold medal.

Pendle Primary School wins silver in mixed cricket

Pendle Primary School wins silver in mixed cricket

Elsewhere, St Augustines RC High School achieved bronze at the girls’ touch rugby event after making it to the finals against Darwen Vale High School and Balshaw’s Church of England High School.

On the other side of the field, Pendle Primary School also charged to success after successfully batting to a silver medal in mixed cricket.

The title of overall county champions was presented to team Chorley for the second year running, with the district clinching a total of nine medals – beating last year’s total of six.

The opening ceremony saw Gabriella Sykes from Oakhill School share her pledge speech at the opening ceremony, underpinning the values of the Games – determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork.