Joy for schools and colleges at this year’s Derbyshire School Games event

New Mills School Business & Enterprise College, silver in the Chance 2 Compete Cricket, pictured with Olympian Anthony Clark (left) and Paralympian Leon Taylor (right).

New Mills School Business & Enterprise College, silver in the Chance 2 Compete Cricket, pictured with Olympian Anthony Clark (left) and Paralympian Leon Taylor (right).

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A team from Hope Valley College was amongst the winners at the Sainsbury’s Derbyshire School Games Event, as around 1,000 young people competed in a day of close competition.

The Hope Valley College team, who were representing High Peak, were the winners in the secondary Cyclo Cross / Grass Track Cycling section.

Hope Valley College, winners of the Cyclo Cross / Grass Track Secondary, pictured with Olympian Anthony Clark (left) and Paralympian Leon Taylor (right).

Hope Valley College, winners of the Cyclo Cross / Grass Track Secondary, pictured with Olympian Anthony Clark (left) and Paralympian Leon Taylor (right).

Elsewhere, New Mills School Business & Enterprise College won a silver in the ‘Chance 2 Compete Cricket’ event, while Buxton Community School won the Spirit of the Games award for the most sporting team in the Super Sixes Golf Plus event.

The multi-sport event, staged at Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill, saw more than 100 teams from schools across Derbyshire competing in 11 competitions after qualifying to represent their school sport.

The event is the culmination of the Derbyshire School Games Championships which run throughout the school year and involved pupils from primary, secondary and special schools from across all of the county.

Local Level Two inter-school competitions were held to determine team qualification and selection.

Around 150 young leaders from schools across Derbyshire supported the running of the event, taking on roles such as scorers, administrators and umpires.

Derbyshire Sport County Competition Officer Craig Homer said: “The Derbyshire School Games Event is part of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme, which is linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is designed to motivate and enthuse all young people to take part in competitive sport.

“My congratulations go to all the young people who took part.

“The event was a real celebration of sport and it is fantastic to see that there is such an enthusiasm for sport in Derbyshire.

“My thanks also go to all those involved in organising and running the event, including all of the young leaders as without their support the event could not take place.”