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Stage is set for Derbyshire Summer School Games

The County GroundAround 600 young people are expected to take part in the Derbyshire Summer School Games on Thursday, June 21.

The event will be held at Derbyshire County Cricket Ground and Racecourse Park, and will be supported by around 100 young leaders from schools, colleges and the University of Derby.

Teams from schools across Derbyshire will qualify or be selected to represent their school sport partnership area in either QuadKids Athletics, Boccia Plus, Tri Golf Plus, High 5 Netball, Rounders or Mini Tennis.

The Derbyshire Summer School Games will involve pupils from primary, secondary and special schools across Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby East and Derby West, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash,High Peak, North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.

Intra-school and inter-school competitions are currently taking place to determine which schools will qualify to enter a team to represent their area in each sport.

Among the teams which have already qualified to compete is West Park School (QuadKids) and Springfield Primary School (Mini Tennis) from Derby East, and Derby West’s Dale Primary School (Mini Tennis).

Pupils from the three schools visited The County Ground on Tuesday, May 29, to help launch the event and see the venue where they will be competing in a few weeks’ time. They were joined by Derbyshire County Cricket Club players David Wainwright and Dan Redfern, and Liam Drake, School Games Organiser at Derby East School Sport Partnership.

The event will be the second multi-sport School Games event in Derbyshire, following the Derbyshire Winter School Games which was held at Derby’s Moorways Sports Centre in March.

Cllr Carol Hart, Chair ofDerbyshire Sport, said: “The Derbyshire Summer School Games are part of the national School Games programme, which is designed to build on the magic of 2012, and will be a great celebration of competitive sport in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The event will give many pupils the opportunity to compete at county level for the first time, and I’m sure it will inspire them to keep playing and competing.

“The Winter Games was a fantastic event involving hundreds of young people playing sport or getting involved in the organisation and officiating, and the Summer Games look set to be just as spectacular.”

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