middlesbrough-moving-forwardTHE cream of Middlesbrough’s young athletics talent will gather this week for a day of enthralling competition.

The 2016 Middlesbrough Primary Schools Athletics Championships takes place at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Wednesday (June 15).

Hundreds of young athletes from 33 schools across the town will be taking part in teams of with teams of 24-30 from years 5 and 6.

Each school chooses its best athletes to take part in a range of track and field disciplines including sprints, hurdles, 600m, long & triple jumps, howler and chest throws, with the day’s action culminating in a team relay race.

The Middlesbrough event also serves as a trial to find the best athletes to represent the town at the Tees Valley Athletics finals on Tuesday, June 21.

The event has been organised by Pallister Park Primary teacher Andrew Oliver as part of the Middlesbrough Sports Partnership.

Mr Oliver said: “The Primary Schools Athletics Championships are a hugely popular annual event which attracts hundreds of budding athletes from schools across the town.

“This year we’re delighted to be able to hold the competition in the fantastic setting of Middlesbrough Sports Village.

“It’s a chance for the children of Middlesbrough to shine on a huge Olympic-style stage and in the process we will crown the town’s winning school for 2016.”