Priory and Hemingford Grey top the schools at athletics games festival

TEN Huntingdonshire schools claimed medals at the School Games Festival held at venues throughout Cambridgeshire last week.

And three of those teams were crowned county champions at the event which was organised by Living Sports and brought together more than 1,000 competitiors from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough schools.

Priory Junior School of St Neots and Hemingford Grey Primary School were victorious in the ‘Quadkids’ athletics and ‘Quadsticks’ hockey competitions, while Sawtry Community College won the rounders competition.

In the disability football final, for the Ability Counts League run by the Cambs and Hunts FAs, Spring Common were the runner-ups in the under-12s age category.

Crosshall Junior School added to the ‘Quadkids’ success with the athletics runner-up spot. Barnabas Oley (tennis) and Brampton Village (hockey) both won bronze medals, while Longsands Community College finished third in the indoor rowing event. Hinchingbrooke School earned two third places in the under-15s golf and year 8 girls’ rounders competitions.

Abi Parish, Emily Hinton, Jamica Scully, Abbey Foster, Holly Tate, Alex Harris, Murphy Culkin, Sam Routs, Isaac Dunn and Adrian O’Hara made up the gold medal winning Priory team who were successful in the ‘Quadkids’ athletics competition.

Quadkids is a team-based competition (five boys and five girls) where each child takes part in four events – a sprint, a middle distance run, the long jump and a throw.

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Priory deputy headteacher Kevin Sadler said: “The children were all amazing and have worked hard to achieve this success.”

This was the first ever School Games festival and there were champions crowned in 11 sports taking place in six different venues. Basketball, cricket, netball and table Tennis were also part of the festival.

Special guest was the England international netball player Lindsay Keable who said: ‘It was fantastic to see so many young people enjoying the various different sporting competitions while competing at their maximum.

“I have loved being involved with the School Games and this was one of, if not the best events I have attended.”

Nearly 60 schools attended from across the five school sports partnerships in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Chris Caws, Youth Sports Trust’s development manager of competition and talent for the East, said: ‘Many thanks for the invite to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough School Games.

“Congratulations and a huge well done on delivering a fantastic festival of sporting competition for so many young people alongside the entertaining opening ceremony.”