Tameside young sporting stars compete at Greater Manchester School Games
Monday 10th July 2017 @ 13:27 by Mark Phillip

2,200 school pupils from across Greater Manchester gathered at Sport City’s Indoor Athletics Arena on Wednesday 5 July for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Greater Manchester’s Summer School Games.

The opening ceremony saw a celebration for the city of Manchester after the recent attacks at the Manchester Arena. Support was shown for Manchester through Parrs Wood choir performing ‘My Everything’, the ‘This Place’ poem being read by pupils from Tottington High School – the school which Manchester attack victim Olivia Campbell attended – and Street Shakers dance group dancing to Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ sung by singer Tasia Sky and 14-year-old guitarist Josh Hart.

Street dancers performing before the competition kicked-off

World class facilities from around the county were utilised for the games, including the National Cycling Centre, Sport City and the National Basketball Performance Centre where competitions took place.

There were 25 competitions taking place across Athletics, Basketball, BMX, Netball, Football, Rounders, New Age Kurling and many more.

Samuel Laycock pupils excelled on the day

Nearly 200 young volunteers came together to form the School Games crew this year. They underwent training before the event, with some gaining qualifications to ensure they could help deliver the events with the National Governing Body of their sport. Responsibilities of the volunteers on the day included refereeing, officiating and team management.

A number of volunteers helped coordinate the event throughout the day

Hyde Tech pupils stride to success on the athletics track

The Games also welcomed councilors, mayors, previous Olympians and young volunteers to celebrate the city of Manchester.
The event is organised by Greater Manchester charity, GreaterSport, on behalf of the local organising committee for the event. Yvonne Harrison, CEO of GreaterSport, said: “What a fantastic day of school sport competition and a great opportunity to celebrate the city of Manchester.

“We are proud to be remembering those involved in the Manchester attacks as we know so many of the schools who attended have been affected.

“Our Greater Manchester Summer School Games event brought schools from all 10 boroughs together for an Olympic style competition, with high performing young athletes from across the county.

“We are delighted by the hard work of all involved including young leaders and volunteers.”

Alder Community pupils with event mascot, Chase

Greenside Primary School

Of the 14 schools from Tameside which competed on the day, six returned with medals.

Samuel Laycock took the honours on the day, having claimed a gold medal in the year 7/8 Inclusive Quadkids Athletics event, and a bronze medal in the Under 16 Inclusive Football competition.

Alder Community High School and Moorside Primary Academy secured gold medals in the Under 13 Girls Football and Under 10 Boys Football respectively.

St John Fisher RC Primary School scooped a silver medal in the year 3/4 Tri Golf competition, and New Charter Academy claimed bronze in the year 7/8/9 Softball event.

St John Fisher’s netball team with Civic Mayor of Tameside, Joyce Bowerman

Tameside schools that participated:
Alder Community High School
Hyde Community College
Samuel Laycock
Alder Community High School
St Thomas More RC College
Mossley Hollins High School
Greenside Primary School
Hawthorns SEN
St John Fisher RC Primary School
Greswell Primary School
St John Fisher RC Primary School
Fairfield High School for Girls
Moorside Primary Academy
New Charter Academy

By Catherine Conroy

Pictures of Samuel Laycock and Hyde Tech by Ernie Greenwood