With over 5000 tickets having been sold over the duration of the competition, our spectators were consistently treated to fine performances in all eleven of our sports, as the UK’s brightest young athletes fought for a place on the podium.

Over in the Sir David Wallace Sports Centre, the netball competition reached its climax as Mavericks took on a strong Severn Stars squad. Finishing 32-20, it was Severn Stars who pulled away during the last two quarters to clinch the gold medal. Of their gold medal winning performance, goal-attack Lily Jones said:

“It’s incredible! Being together as a team for only one month and achieving this! Just being here in general, is incredible but it was such a good team effort - I loved it.”

With their eyes on the cricket gold, Team Sciver took on Team Brunt. Ultimately, it was Team Brunt who stormed to victory, as they set a score of 164 for 3, a score Team Sciver failed to match. Top scorer Lucia Kendall, 14, hit 70 runs off 50 balls, and afterwards said:

“Our performance was good, me and Ellie Mitchell had a really good partnership and cracked on, hit runs and got a good score on the board. I was really happy with my performance. Lots of people here are older than me, so I was really happy to get runs.”

The cyclists were competing at the Slawston Circuit today, in what turned out to be a sun-soaked road race. With the road race the final event of a three days of action, Millie Couzens improved on her third place finish in the scratch race on Friday to take the win ahead of Flora Perkins and Kinga Ingram. Coincidently, the men’s race went the way of scratch race third placer Max Poole for Yorkshire, with Scotland’s Oscar Onley a worthy runner-up.

The fourth day of the hockey competition drew to a close, as Ulster Girls saw off England Girls Blue to wrap up gold. Ulster’s Nadia Benallal scored a fantastic goal in the eighth minute, to see her crowned top goal scorer.

In the boy’s event it was England White who hit the top of the podium after defeating England Red 3–2. Of the team’s success, Josh Self said:

“After losing a game we thought our chances of winning were gone. But we carried on fighting and the result is gold. It’s been an incredible tournament, the facilities and the atmosphere has been great.”

In Wheelchair Tennis it was double gold for England White’s Ben Bartram, the 13-year-old winning the boy’s singles, following on from securing the doubles gold with team mate Greg Slade, who won silver in the singles.

Commenting on his performance, Ben said: “I’m happy and thought I played well all round. I didn’t expect to win two golds; I came here expecting to get to the semis or something, I didn’t expect to win.”

Wheelchair Basketball saw England North excel on court in today’s final, defeating silver medallists Scotland; the match ended 64-41 to North. James Beattie, of Scotland, put in a fantastic performance scoring 22 points, but the games’ top scorer was North’s Lee Fryer with an impressive 27 points.

North’s Finley Tonner, who scored 15 points in the final and set up eight assists, commented:

“It was a good game; the first half we weren’t sure and it was a bit close, but we pulled away in the second half. We have great team spirit too. The School Games has been great and has played a key role in our development; it’s been a big event in our calendar for the last few years.”

With that the 2018 School Games have drawn to a close. 11 fantastic sports, multiple learning opportunities, but most importantly of all, passion, camaraderie and team spirit. Don’t forget, you can catch all of the photos and videos on the School Games Facebook page.