Hundreds of schoolchildren across Bucks compete at mini-Olympics event

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium
The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

More than 1,300 children competed for medals at the annual Bucks and Milton Keynes School Games today (Thursday) at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury.

At least 90 schools - from Aylesbury Vale to Wycombe, South Bucks, Chiltern and Milton Keynes - were represented on the day.

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Students took part in 15 different sports from athletics to swimming, rounders, table tennis and cycling.

The event, which is the culmination of a year-long programme of activities was organised by Leap, the sport and activity partnership for Buckinghamshire, in conjunction with the School Games organisers.

2018 Commonwealth Games netball gold medallist Ama Agbeze MBE gave a speech to all the youngsters during the opening ceremony and said afterwards: “The energy the children showed was amazing.”

Rachel Collins, a teacher at Haddenham Community Junior School, was team manager to a group of 46 pupils competing across five sports.

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

She said: “It was a fantastic day and the opening ceremony wowed the kids.

"A lot of effort had gone into preparing it and it spurred the children on to try really hard throughout the games.”

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Bucks School Games - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Ama Agbeze MBE gave the keynote speech at the Bucks School Games, held today at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Ama Agbeze MBE gave the keynote speech at the Bucks School Games, held today at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Netball action from the Bucks School Games

Netball action from the Bucks School Games

A team of dancers from Marsh Gibbon School perform during the opening ceremony at the Bucks School Games

A team of dancers from Marsh Gibbon School perform during the opening ceremony at the Bucks School Games