Athletes set for school games take off

Rebekah Tiler launches the Jet2 Holidays West Yorkshire School Games.
Rebekah Tiler launches the Jet2 Holidays West Yorkshire School Games.

Brighouse pupils are on their marks for the Jet2 Holidays West Yorkshire School Games.

Youngsters from local schools are set to take part in qualifying competitions to secure their place at the Games’ sporting finals next year. It follows the official opening ceremony in Bradford, with West Yorkshire’s British and European weightlifting champion, Rebekah Tiler.

“Events like the School Games are a great way of inspiring kids to get into sport,” she said. “It gives them the opportunity to try out different sports and also gives support to move forward and compete at a higher level.”

Six sporting finals, 24 sports, 150 volunteers, 175 schools and 2,700 primary and secondary pupils make up the School Games programme in West Yorkshire, which are part of the Sainsbury’s School Games.

Brighouse pupils will be going head-to-head with schools from across West Yorkshire in four standalone final events in 2015 – badminton, netball, trampolining and Panathlon – and the winter and summer multi-sport finals.

Steve Curran, chairman of the West Yorkshire School Games local organising committee, said: “We really believe in a community approach to achieving excellence and sport’s key to this.”

The West Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games are organised by West Yorkshire Sport and delivered with support from a team of school games organisers.