Youngsters shine at Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham festival

Lancaster and Heysham Primary School Sports Festival. Moorside Primary School after a successful outing in the orienteering.
Lancaster and Heysham Primary School Sports Festival. Moorside Primary School after a successful outing in the orienteering.

Around 1,000 youngsters took part in the Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham Primary Sports Festival.

Pupils from 32 primary schools enjoyed 13 different sports ensuring there was something for everyone at Salt Ayre Sports Centre on Friday, May 22.

Lancaster and Heysham Primary School Sports Festival. Leaders measure some fantastic jumps in the athletics

Lancaster and Heysham Primary School Sports Festival. Leaders measure some fantastic jumps in the athletics

The activities included girls football, orienteering, Tri-Golf, Quicksticks Hockey, athletics, lacrosse, wheelchair basketball and dodgeball.

The orienteering and girls’ football competitions which took place on the day were qualifiers for the SPAR Lancashire School Games County finals so the winning schools, Christ Church and St Peter’s in orienteering and Willow Lane and Great Wood in girls football, will now go on to represent team Lancaster and Heysham in Blackpool next month.

Other notable performances included The Loyne Special School in wheelchair basketball, Morecambe Road for participating in a variety of sports and St Peter’s for success in a number of sports including athletics.

The finals in Blackpool will see more than 2,000 children compete in sports including gymnastics, handball, football, netball, rounders, athletics, tennis and tag rugby.

The festival, a highlight of the schools sports year, is organised by Steven Jamieson, Lancaster’s School Games Organiser and Tim Fletcher, Heysham’s School Games Organiser on behalf of local primary schools who all work together and pool resources by joining the Lancaster and Heysham School Sports Network (SSN).

As well as the talented youngsters the day was supported by 40 young leaders from Our Lady’s, Heysham and Carnforth High Schools and Lancaster & Morecambe College and event organisers.

They included Lancaster City Council, Mark Edwards from South Ribble Orienteering Club, Heysham Golf Club, hockey coach Nick Davey, athletics coaches Dan Lofthouse and Nathan Bibby, Mike Orme, who looked after lacrosse, wheelchair basketball team the Lancaster Bulldogs, Morecambe FC and GoVelo,