School games get three more years

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FUNDING has been secured to ensure the Northamptonshire School Games can continue for another three years.

In July, around 1,000 young athletes aged five to 15 competed in the inaugural games.

The Olympic and Paralympic style event saw children and young people from schools across the county take part in 17 different sports, including five disability sports.

Participants had already competed to secure their place at the games.

The event was organised by Northamptonshire Sport and funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Sport England.

Further funding from the government has now been guaranteed to continue the games until 2014/15, giving thousands more children the opportunity to take part and get involved in competitive sport.

Cabinet member for customer services and chairman of the Northamptonshire Sport Executive Board, Cllr Heather Smith said: “London 2012 has shown us all just how inspiring and rewarding getting involved in sports can be.

“The first school games event was a tremendous success - Moulton College was a fantastic venue and it was great to see so many young people take part.

“I hope schools who couldn’t take part this year will now feel inspired to include their pupils next year.”