Sporting prowess is showcased at games

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Hundreds of sure-footed youngsters from schools across Preston converged on the University of Central Lancashire sports arena for a mammoth event showcasing their sporting talents.

The third annual Primary Schools Sports Festival involved more than 800 children from 25 different schools.

TEAM HUDDLE: St Andrews Primary tag rugby team

TEAM HUDDLE: St Andrews Primary tag rugby team

With 12 separate competitions taking place, the spread of podium place was encouraging for all schools and not dominated by a few.

This event has been embedded in the school programme as a celebration of sport at the end of the school year and, say organisers, has first class support from local sports clubs and schools.

Ashton Community Science College and Corpus Christi High School provided young volunteers to officiate.

Springfield Hockey, Preston Grasshoppers Rugby, Fulwood & Broughton Cricket Clubs, and British Cycling supported the event.

New clubs Preston Pride Basketball and Tulketh Tennis were impressed by the number of children taking part in the different activities as well as the standard of play.

West View Mobile Climbing wall also took part for the first time.

Dean Brandwood, Preston City Council, school games organiser, said: “All in all the event was a great success and it is encouraging to see so many new schools taking part. The continued support from local clubs and high schools is vital to the event’s success”