YEAR six children from nine Huntingdonshire primary schools had a sports taster session at secondary school at Hinchingbrooke. This was Hinchingbrooke s first Sports Festival involving coaches from the community. The 360 1l-year-olds were divided into tea

TAG RUGBY: This was a runaway success.

YEAR six children from nine Huntingdonshire primary schools had a sports taster session at secondary school at Hinchingbrooke.

This was Hinchingbrooke's first Sports Festival involving coaches from the community. The 360 1l-year-olds were divided into teams in different coloured t-shirts, mixing with children from other schools. Many of them made friends and are looking forward to meeting again when they join the secondary school in September. Sixty pupils from years nine, 10 and 11 and the sixth form helped out on the day.

Sue Ager, partnership co-ordinator at Hinchingbrooke said: "The children really enjoyed the day and, when we asked them what they had liked, most they said: 'all of it'. At the end of the day, they were waving goodbye to children they had only just met but had made friends with."

She added: "This is the first time that we have invited in coaches from clubs outside school. We want to promote sport and a healthy lifestyle for our pupils both inside and outside school."

Pupils from Brington, Brampton, Buckden, Godmanchester Juniors, Cromwell Park, St Anne's, Godmanchester, Spaldwick and Huntingdon Juniors took part in tri-golf, cricket, tag rugby, high fives netball and several racquet sports.

Coaches were from Hemingford Sport Academy and Huntingdon Tennis Club, Huntingdonshire Cricket Board, Hawks Netball Club, Huntingdon Rugby Club and TP Golf Academy. The day opened with a gymnastics display by an elite squad from Huntingdon Olympic Gym.