High fives for St John’s netball

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

PUPILS from St John the Bap­tist Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School in Burscough are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter clinch­ing a place at the largest youth sport­ing event in Lan­cashire, fol­low­ing vic­tory in a high five netball com­pe­ti­tion.

The school bat­tled it out against three other schools and will now rep­re­sent West Lan­cashire at the SPAR Lan­cashire School Games county fi­nals where they will com­pete against teams from 14 Lan­cashire dis­tricts in a bid to be crowned county champions in high five netball.

The Burscough St John’s pupils com­peted against three other top schools in the area, which were Wood­land Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School, Cobbs Brow Pri­mary School and Hal­sall St Cuth­berts Pri­mary School.

Also in West Lanca- shire, Tarleton Academy has qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent West Lan­cashire in the duathlon at the SPAR Lan­cashire School Games county fi­nals.

Chris Hart, who is the school games or­gan­iser for West Lan­cashire and ar­ranged the event, said: “The com­pe­ti­tion was closely con­tested and ev­ery­one in­volved played bril­liantly, but the Burscough St. John’s pupils came out on top.

“I look for­ward to see­ing them com­pete in the county fi­nals.”

Now in its eleventh year, the SPAR Lan­cashire School Games is made up of two main events pro­vid­ing all chil­dren in Lan­cashire with the op­por­tu­nity to take part in com­pet­i­tive sport.

Schools across the county are now com­pet­ing for a place at the county fi­nals which will be held at Black­pool’s Stan­ley Park on July 4, where more than 2,000 chil­dren are ex­pected to bat­tle it out for glory.

A range of sports in­clud­ing gym­nas­tics, foot­ball and ath­let­ics, as well as two new ad­di­tions to the 2017 line-up, mixed cricket and touch rugby, will be con­tested by pupils from 15 Lan­cashire dis­tricts.

In ad­di­tion, the Dis­abil­ity Swim­ming Gala took place on March 15 at Lan­caster’s Salt Ayre Leisure Cen­tre.

The SPAR Lan­cashire School Games is or­gan­ised by the Lan­cashire Sport Part­ner­ship and de­liv­ered by the county’s school games or­gan­is­ers.

James Hall & Com­pany Ltd, the SPAR dis­trib­u­tor for the North of Eng­land, is spon­sor­ing the event for the eleventh year run­ning.

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