Pupils from more than 90 schools compete in games at venues across Aylesbury

School Games held around Aylesbury.
School Games held around Aylesbury.

Dozens of schools from all over the county competed against each other for medals in a fiercely-contested festival of sport.

A total of 1,500 pupils aged between seven and 16 took part in the Sainsbury’s School Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in the event, dubbed a mini-Olympics.

More than 90 schools from the Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Wycombe, Marlow and Chiltern areas were strongly represented at the festival which took place at five sites across Aylesbury. There were 13 different sports, from athletics to swimming, rounders, table tennis and cycling.

The day, organised by Leap (The Bucks & MK Sport and Activity Partnership) in partnership with the county’s School Games Organisers, was the culmination of a year-long programme of qualifying competitions.

Bill Chapple, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “There was a strong will to win from all the schools and their pupils but an equal sense of praising those who took part whether they won or lost. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was very hot but it did not stop the competitors from doing their very best. Congratulations to all those who took part and to the organisers who produced a perfect day with perfect results.”

Mark Ormerod, Director of Leap the Bucks & Milton Keynes County Sport and Activity Partnership, said “The School Games have now run successfully for a number of years and are becoming a tradition in Bucks with young athletes having their first taste of a huge multi-sport event which culminates following months of qualifying rounds. I was delighted to see so many youngsters having so much fun competing in so many different sports, and to see the 2012 legacy thriving here in Bucks.”

For more information on the Sainsbury’s School Games or details of how Leap supports children and young people to have an active start in life visit www.leapwithus.org.uk