County success for Ripley pupils

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PUPILS from Ripley St Thomas CE Academy have won the SPAR Lancashire Secondary School Games county finals after competing against more than 50 schools from across the county.

The SPAR Lancashire Secondary School Games county finals took place at UCLAN’s Preston Sports Arena and St Augustine’s Sports Centre, Preston, on July 2.

The county finals saw hundreds of pupils from across Lancashire represent their district in sports including netball, football, handball, rounders, wheelchair basketball, table tennis and athletics.

Despite the torrential rain, hundreds of spectators turned out to support the Secondary School Games county finals, which are now part of the national £128m school games programme and are sponsored by James Hall and Company Limited, the SPAR distributors for the North of England.

The games were opened with a special performance from Big Dance 2012 – the UK’s biggest celebration of dance, and pupils were also entertained by the City of Preston Gymnastics Club.

Lancaster results, Rounders: Ripley St Thomas joint second place.