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£45k school games award

Cash boost: Lancashires school games festival is in line for a funding boost

Cash boost: Lancashires school games festival is in line for a funding boost

Lancashire’s school games festival is set for a £45,000 boost from National Lottery funding.

The county’s local organising committee has been awarded the cash from Sport England to deliver the games festival next year.

It will be the culmination of year-round competitions within schools and between schools, with the most talented athletes progressing to compete across more than 30 sports.

These include athletics, wheelchair basketball, hockey, volleyball and badminton.

The school games is a four-level competition for school children in England, including intra school, inter school, county festivals and national finals.

Organisers say the 2014 county sports festivals are set to be bigger than ever before with an expected 150 festivals across the country.

They are expected to involve 175,000 students – including 17,000 students with a disability - and 25,000 volunteers.

There are 46 local organising committees across England, which are responsible for organising and delivering the festivals.

They are made up of representatives from local schools, county sports partnerships, young people, and national and local sports providers.

They are supported by the youth sport trust, which has been commissioned by Sport England to develop and deliver elements of the School Games until 2015.

The school games level three festival in Lancashire will take place on July 1 next year.

More than £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the school games.

 

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