One thousand schoolchildren competed in the Spar Lancashire School Games Finale for the first time in three years.

The Lancashire School Games are run by Active Lancashire and the School Games Organiser Network, and they have been sponsored by Spar for 15 years through Spar UK’s primary North of England wholesaler and distributor, James Hall & Co. Ltd, based in Preston.

In 2022, the games has engaged 10,000 children in sport and activities across Lancashire, through 20 feature events and competitions, enabling opportunities to develop skills and achieve personal bests.

Sports taking place on the day included football and netball tournaments, and track and field events on the park’s athletics track, as well as activities such as dodgeball and tag rugby, through to orienteering and samba drumming.

Niels Dekkers, retail development director at James Hall & Co. Ltd, said: “The Lancashire School Games Finale was the best way to end a superb year of school activity that has been expertly put on by our valued partners at Active Lancashire and the School Games Organiser Network.

“All year we’ve been following the competitions and baton relay with intrigue and excitement, and the Finale highlighted perfectly why we are happy to put Spar’s name to the games as sponsor year after year.”

Adrian Leather, chief executive of Active Lancashire, said: “The Spar Lancashire School Games Finale did not disappoint after a three-year hiatus, and we had a tremendous day of fun in the Blackpool sunshine. Congratulations to all competitors and winners on the day.

“This year has been a welcome return to the school games programme, and it has been incredible to engage 10,000 children and young people across the year in physical activity.”

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