Picture special: Aylesbury hosts Sainsbury’s School Games

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - pictured is the opening ceremony PNL-151007-170653009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - pictured is the opening ceremony PNL-151007-170653009

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Around 1,500 schoolchildren from across Bucks took part in a mini-Olympics held in Aylesbury today (Friday).

The youngsters aged from seven to 14 descended on Stoke Mandeville Stadium for the Sainsbury’s School Games, which also boasted guest speakers and dance performances.

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - boys long jump action PNL-151007-172342009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - boys long jump action PNL-151007-172342009

The stadium was the venue for the opening ceremony and several of the competitions, but other sites around Aylesbury hosted other sports.

The event was co-ordinated by Leap, the Sport and Activity Partnership for Bucks and MK, in partnership with the county’s School Games Organisers and is the culmination of a year-long programme of qualifying competitions.

Speakers included Kirsty Mackay, the England hockey goalkeeper and Alistair Patrick-Heselton, the GB Paralympic 7-a-side Footballer.

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - boys long jump action PNL-151007-171654009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - boys long jump action PNL-151007-171654009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - action from the girls 600m heats PNL-151007-171155009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - action from the girls 600m heats PNL-151007-171155009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Hockey action at Meadowcroft all weather pitch from Bushfield v Ashmead Combined School (in purple) PNL-151007-170907009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Hockey action at Meadowcroft all weather pitch from Bushfield v Ashmead Combined School (in purple) PNL-151007-170907009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Hockey action at Meadowcroft all weather pitch from Bushfield v Ashmead Combined School (in purple) PNL-151007-170747009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Hockey action at Meadowcroft all weather pitch from Bushfield v Ashmead Combined School (in purple) PNL-151007-170747009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - pictured is the opening ceremony PNL-151007-170606009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - pictured is the opening ceremony PNL-151007-170606009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - pictured is the opening ceremony - Alistair Patrick-Heselton, the GB Paralympic 7-a-side Footballer PNL-151007-170501009

Sainsburys School Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - pictured is the opening ceremony - Alistair Patrick-Heselton, the GB Paralympic 7-a-side Footballer PNL-151007-170501009