Darlington-Borough-CouncilPupils from primary schools across Darlington were inspired to take part in sport and physical activity at a special event this week.

The Darlington School and Community Games saw more than 600 pupils from 24 primary schools take part in a host of sporting activities at Eastbourne Sports Complex on Thursday (7 July).

The event, inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, is part of the year-long School Games Programme run through the Darlington School Sport Partnership, which aims to get more youngsters taking part in competitive sport and provides their first step along the School Games pathway.

To prepare for the Games, pupils benefitted from a variety of coaching sessions provided by local sports coaches and the Darlington Move More Team.

The Games, which include netball, tag rugby, athletics, cricket, girls football, orienteering, street-swords fencing, tri-golf, rounders, tennis, archery, boccia, new age kurling and boxercise, aim to encourage young people to become more active, take part in sport and physical activity on a regular basis and lead healthy and active lifestyles and above all have fun.

Alison Raw, School Games Organiser said:

“The Games are our legacy from the 2012 Olympics and have proved very popular with the young people who are hopefully inspired to take part in a wide range of sporting activities.

“It’s a great way to encourage them to get more active and, most importantly, have fun.”

For more information about sports activities in Darlington and ideas on how to get more active log onto the website at www.healthydarlington.co.uk.