Future sporting champs take part in the biggest ever Northumberland School Games

Year 6 netballers from Morpeth and Ponteland at the Northumberland School Games at Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman
Year 6 netballers from Morpeth and Ponteland at the Northumberland School Games at Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman

Morpeth and Ponteland schools have topped the medal table at the biggest ever Northumberland School Games.

A total of 1,400 junior athletes from across the county took part in the event which saw Morpeth and Ponteland schools claim 11 gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

Year 4 footballers from North Northumberland. 
Picture by Jane Coltman

Year 4 footballers from North Northumberland. Picture by Jane Coltman

Sponsored by The Education Network, the games were hosted by Cramlington Learning Village on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Former World Cruiserweight Champion and Education Network sports ambassador, Glenn McCrory, gave a rousing speech at the packed opening ceremony held at Cramlington’s Concordia Leisure Centre.

The students then paraded behind their team banners and flags before the games got underway in glorious sunshine.

The area teams competing were Ashington & Coquet; Blyth & Bedlington; Cramlington & Seaton Valley; Morpeth & Ponteland; and Tynedale & North Northumberland.

Year 4 footballers from Morpeth and Ponteland.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Year 4 footballers from Morpeth and Ponteland. Picture by Jane Coltman

The first day of competition featured football, golf, netball, volleyball and gymnastics. Day two included rugby, athletics, hockey, tennis, rounders, football and handball.

The Education Network’s Wayne Daley said: “We’re on the road to Rio here in Cramlington with 1,400 people taking part in a range of sports, all of which are fun but they’re very competitive as well, and for us that’s really important because that’s going to lead to future stars. All of us at The Education Network are immensely proud to sponsor this spectacular event.”

The Education Network is the North East’s largest specialist education recruitment and training business, with five offices in the region and another 10 nationally.