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More than 1,000 youngsters take part in Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018

PUBLISHED: 13:57 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:57 10 July 2018

Rougham pupils celebrate their victory in the Under 11 Quadkids competition at the Suffolk School Games Festivals. Westley Middle were second and Gorseland third. Picture: AMY KING

Rougham pupils celebrate their victory in the Under 11 Quadkids competition at the Suffolk School Games Festivals. Westley Middle were second and Gorseland third. Picture: AMY KING

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The Suffolk School Games Summer Festivals 2018 took place across a number of venues in the county, under blue skies and amidst scorching temperatures last week.

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Around 1,200 youngsters had the opportunity to represent their school in 17 different competitions.

The festivals were the culmination of a year-long battle for school teams from across Suffolk to qualify for the showpiece events.

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Westbourne Academy in Ipswich was the first venue last Tuesday, featuring a range of sports. Events included High5 Netball, Mini-Tennis, Panathlon, and Inclusive Cricket and Golf.

Thursday saw the focus shift to Bury St Edmunds and the Bury Leisure Centre. On the track, athletics was the showcase with the finals of the Quadkids and Super 8s competitions.

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Other sports included swimming, gymnastics, squash and volleyball.

The School Games Festivals are organised by Suffolk Sport on behalf of the Suffolk PE and Sport Network, but a key feature is the involvement of youngsters in the organisation, officiation and running of the individual sports.

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

And this year 124 young leaders supported the festivals, developing their leadership and organisational skills.

Organiser of the festivals, Suffolk Sport’s James Payne, said: “This year’s events were again a tremendous success and again demonstrate the passion that exists around school sport in the county.

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

“Our team of young leaders once again provided us with an excellent workforce to deliver two super days of sporting action in which everybody that played part should be justifiably proud.”

Results from this year’s festivals can be found at www.suffolksport.com/SSGF2018

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

Action from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KINGAction from the Suffolk School Games Festivals 2018. Picture: AMY KING

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