Pupils battle it out for sporting success at the Lancashire Spar Games

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Never mind Glasgow - thousands of youngsters from across Lancashire have been showing off their sporting skills in their own mini Commonwealth Games.

More than 3,200 pupils from primary, secondary and special schools from across the county battled it out to be crowned champions in sports which included netball, athletics, gymnastics, tag rugby, girls football and many more in the Lancashire Spar Games.

Ribble Valley take part in the Spar Lancashire School's Games at Stanley Park in Blackpool

Ribble Valley take part in the Spar Lancashire School's Games at Stanley Park in Blackpool

Central Lancashire’s schools did “fantastically well” taking 11 medals in total ishooting them up the medal tally and sealing Central Lancashire’s place as the overall runners up.

Team Central Lancashire brought home a total of 11 medals including three gold and two plates.

This success was helped by Sherwood Primary School in Fulwood, which took the mini tennis competition by storm, taking the plate in the mixed sex event. The school also secured a silver medal in the girls’ football tournament.

The success did not stop there as All Hallows Catholic High School from Penwortham took gold in the competitive handball tournament and Penwortham Girls’ High School grabbed the plate in rounders.

The mini tennis players also shot to success as Central Lancashire’s primary schools secured two of the top spots.

Leyland Methodist secured silver and New Longton All Saints CE grabbed the bronze medal.

The SPAR Lancashire School Games, now in its eighth year is part of the national £128m School Games programme, aimed at motivating and inspiring millions of young people to take part in competitive school sport.

The event is the culmination of a host of inter-school and inter-district competitions with finals in 13 sports including girls football, tag rugby, athletics, tennis and gymnastics.

The day started with a colourful opening ceremony and GB athlete Holly Bleasdale and Paralympian Shelly Woods on hand. Pupils and spectators were also be entertained by dance classes, skateboarding sessions and mascot races as well as workshops.

For a full list of results see the LEP Education pages on Thursday.