East End youngsters show off their sporting talents

Almost 1000 East End schoolkids were going for gold at this year’s FARE Legacy Games.

Legacy Games

The event, now in its 14th year, saw 39 teams of young people from 24 primary schools take part in a range of sports at the prestigious Emirates Arena.

The Legacy Games, previously known as the Mini Commonwealth Games, are organised by the charity Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE) in partnership with GHA.

Young athletes competed in a range of events – including the 60m, long jump, javelin and shot putt – and had loads of fun into the bargain.

Andy Ashcroft, GHA’s North East Area Director, officially opened the event and presented the medals to the winning schools.

Jimmy Wilson, FARE Chief Executive, said: “The Legacy Games are a good way of helping the young people get to know each other before they move on to secondary school – but it’s also about having fun regardless of sporting ability.

“It was really exciting that the young people were able to use the fantastic Emirates Arena and make it their own.

“Who knows, we might have uncovered a future Commonwealth champion among the young people here.”

GHA’s Andy Ashcroft said: “We always want to encourage young people in our communities to take part in sport.

“The Legacy Games are a great way of doing just that – and of helping us build a lasting legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“The young people who take part are always really enthusiastic and it’s a real tribute to the schools and to FARE that it is such a successful event.”

A total of 90 medals were presented on the day, including prizes for sportsmanship, and all the children who took part received a certificate of participation.

The overall prize was won by Saint Rose of Lima Primary School, while Oakwood Primary won the Bob Holman Award for sportsmanship.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017