sporting champs large1,400 junior athletes from schools across the county have taken part in the biggest ever Northumberland School Games.

Sponsored by The Education Network, the games were hosted by Cramlington Learning Village on 21 and 22 June.

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.

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.