The Level 3 County Durham School Games which was this year based in Barnard Castle, has exceeded expectations by bringing together children across the county for a fantastic day of sporting activities.
There were over 70 teams from around 40 schools taking part in this event which had representatives from Active Durham, Durham University, Durham County Council and Change4Life in attendance.
While there were medallists from all corners of County Durham, sport was the real winner at this year’s School Games. The change4Life scheme, meant that children who are less sporty, had the chance to get active through activities such as skipping and fencing. Another part of this scheme is the young ambassadors initiative, which encourages young people to volunteer and lead sport in their school.
Prior to the event, it had been announced that Thai Boxing champion Rachael Mackenzie would be attending the games. Rachael’s arrival was greeted with enthusiasm and the students got to enjoy listening to her chat about her long career story. The students were also treated to a Thai Boxing Warm up session with Rachael.
Ian Gardiner, Executive Director, County Durham Sport said “We are delighted with the success of another County Durham School Games. The event was excellent all round with Rachael Mackenzie opening the day and inspiring each and every one of us with her incredible story and her determination to never give up. The competitions were outstanding, and it was great to see all the young people involved having fun whilst trying their best. Barnard Castle School were excellent hosts, providing a stunning venue and the warm weather definitely brought extra cheer!”
The School Games are funded by the National Lottery and Sport England. The next stage of the Games is the Level 4 national event, which will see young people from across the country competing together.