Olympian Andy at celebration of school sport

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School sports teams from across Suffolk converged on Bury St Edmunds on Friday for the fourth Suffolk Sainsbury’s Games Festival.

More than 1,000 children competed at the largest annual multi-sport school event in Suffolk in very hot conditions, which was attended by Olympian Andy Baddeley.

Baddeley posed for pictures with youngsters and also signed autographs.

School teams from across the county competed throughout the academic year to qualify for the festival.

Competition was fierce, but fair in all sports, with everybody commenting on the good behaviour and sportsmanship of the participants following an inspirational opening ceremony, which featured a variety of music, dancing, and poetry from local schools.

James Payne, children and young people’s officer at Suffolk Sport said: “We had a fantastic day and we were really pleased with how the competitions went.

“There were lots of smiling happy youngsters taking part and volunteering and, along with the opening ceremony, it was an excellent celebration of school sport in Suffolk.”

As well as the young participants, the Games were supported by more than 150 young sports leaders from schools across the County, who helped with the officiating and administration of the competitions.

The ethos of the games - to involve as many young people as possible - was exemplified by the opening ceremony, which exploded with colour and noise to get the Games up and running, and organised and run by young people for young people.

The Suffolk Sainsbury’s School Games was celebrated by all as a fantastic success and planning has already begun for the 2016 Games.