Sporting fun for hundreds of Shrewsbury youngsters

More than 500 youngsters from infant and junior schools in the Shrewsbury area were treated to two days of sporting fun under the leadership of senior school students.

The Shrewsbury School Games event saw pupils from several schools taking part in a host of activities including athletics, bowls and archery.

Shrewsbury School Games organiser Denise Lee said that the town’s Mayor Beverley Baker was a special guest along with mascot Sporty Fox who handed out medals to the competitors.

“The children of Shrewsbury were treated to two magnificent days of sport,” said Miss Lee.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for the younger children to have fun in sporting activities and also for the senior students to put their leadership skills to the test – proudly wearing their leadership crew T-shirts.”

The first event was held at Prestfelde School for Key Stage One pupils and more than 150 children took part.

“The youngsters were offered the chance to have a go at ball skills, activities and athletic events along with parachute and bean bag games,” said Miss Lee.

“Activities were led by Year 7 young leaders from Sundorne School and Sports College along with staff from Prestfelde.”

Schools taking part were Prestfelde, Sundorne Infants, Greenacres, Wilfred Owen, Mount Pleasant, Oakmeadow, Greenfields, Martin Wilson, Longden, Severndale, Shrewsbury Cathedral Catholic School and Meole Brace.

The second Shrewsbury School Games day involved more than 450 Key Stage Two youngsters and was held at the town’s Sports Village.

“This event included 21 different sports such as tri-golf, archery, tennis, dodgeball, cheerleading and wheelchair activities,” said Miss Lee.

“More than 70 leaders from Sundorne School and Sports College, the Grange, Belvidere and Shrewsbury High School were on hand to help out with the various sports.

“It was a fantastic two days which enabled youngsters to have a go at a great variety of sports and also provided our young leaders with invaluable life skills which help to boost their confidence.”

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