Youngsters from across Staffordshire are set to compete in a number of sporting challenges as part of the School Games.
The event is held at Keele University on Tuesday (July 3) and will see some of the region’s top junior sporting talents coming together to compete.
The School Games is part of an initiative to help create a meaningful legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
All primary schools in the area were invited to enter teams for the borough council run competitions. The tournaments have been hugely supported this year with around 650 children and 18 different schools taking part.
Among the sports taking place are high fives netball, girls football and tag rugby.
Kwik-cricket is also on the schedule and a girls team from Leasowes Primary School in Stafford have qualified for the event at Keele
And as one of five school teams from his area to reach the finals, Stafford Borough Councillor Mike Smith believes the Olympics can be a springboard for more youngsters to compete in sport.
“It is really important that we involve as many of our young residents as possible in physical activity,” he said. “The health and wellbeing of our area is a top priority for the council and having youngsters participate in such a great range of sports – specifically adapted to appeal to them – is a tremendous boost.”
He added: “There has been a buzz created by the Olympics – even more so since the torch passed through the borough – which I am sure has played a part in children wanting to take part in sport as well as the large range of activities that we have been able to provide.”