Schools celebrate 80 years of sports

MHDE-05-07-11 SPORTS JUL09 (2)'A sports day, took place at the Abbey Junior School, Daventry, on Tuesday 5th July, involving children from a number of local schools.'Pictured is Mia Oldroyd ( 9 ) fom the Abbey Junior School
MHDE-05-07-11 SPORTS JUL09 (2)'A sports day, took place at the Abbey Junior School, Daventry, on Tuesday 5th July, involving children from a number of local schools.'Pictured is Mia Oldroyd ( 9 ) fom the Abbey Junior School
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A NUMBER of schools in the Daventry area have thrown their weight behind an event marking the 80th anniversary of sports day.

The South Northants Sports Association Athletics Event took place at the Abbey Junior School in Vicar Lane, Daventry on Tuesday last week. Both the hosts, along with The Grange School, represented Daventry while primary schools in Flore, Barby, Badby, Pattishall, Welton, Braunston, Crick, Newnham and Bugbrooke also took part.

Events included the javelin, long jump and high jump with tracks events held at Staverton Park this week.

Headteacher of Pattishall Primary School Brian Curtis, and one of the event’s many organisers, said: “I can’t think of an athletics tournament in schools that has gone on for so long.

“We have all been trying to keep this going because it has been a fabulous event over the years. I know that my father took part and won the 100 metres in the first-ever tournament and we have got trophies going back to before the Second World War.”

The current generation of youngsters are meeting up to expectations.

Mr Curtis added: “Each school brings a team of about 12 children so there are a lot of people involved in the day and it means a lot for them to compete.

“It introduces the idea of a competition to the children and gets them used to it. They all really enjoy taking part.”