Shrewsbury’s primary schools are celebrating after regaining their area title at the end of another successful Shropshire Homes School Games Festival, coordinated by Energize. More than 800 primary school youngsters took part in a day of keen competition at Shrewsbury Sports Village. A total of 114 teams from six School Games areas – Shrewsbury; East, North and South Shropshire; and two from Telford and Wrekin (T&W) – were involved in a wide range of activities, which included cross country, basketball, netball, gymnastics and tag rugby.
Shrewsbury emerged as the overall winner when scores were combined, with North Shropshire in second, and the T&W Burton Borough area in third. East Shropshire, which won the area title last time the games were staged, came fourth, with T&W Langley in fifth and South Shropshire sixth. But it was not all bad news for South Shropshire, which won the ‘Spirit of the Games’ award for the area which best displayed the competition’s values: determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief, and teamwork. There were also two individual awards for ‘excellence in leadership’, given to two young leaders – Evie Brookes of Shrewsbury Academy School, and Will Perkins from William Brookes School in Much Wenlock.
Energize’s Harry Cade says, “It’s a shining example of a school sport festival which is run by young people, for young people. Once again, it was a fabulous occasion.”