PUPILS from Christ Church Charnock Richard CofE Primary School are celebrating after clinching a place at the largest youth sporting event in Lancashire, following victory in a gymnastics competition.

The school battled it out against 15 other schools and will now represent Chorley at the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals where they will compete against teams from 14 Lancashire districts in a bid to be crowned county champions in gymnastics.

The students took to the floor at Flic Flac Gymnastics Club to compete in a range of body management and floor movement exercises, as well as taking to the vault.

Gemma Stokes, who is the school games organiser for Chorley and arranged the event, said: “With 81 pupils from years three and four, this year’s gymnastics county finals qualifier was one of the most highly contested to date.

“Christ Church Charnock Richard CofE Primary School have won represented Chorley in the county finals for two years in a row now, and after scooping silver last year, I’m hoping we can do one better.”

Now in its eleventh year, the SPAR Lancashire School Games is made up of two main events providing all children in Lancashire with the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.

Schools across the county are now competing for a place at the county finals which will be held at Blackpool’s Stanley Park on July 4, where over 2,000 children are expected to battle it out for glory.

A range of sports including gymnastics, football and athletics, as well as two new additions to the 2017 line-up, mixed cricket and touch rugby, will be contested by pupils from 15 Lancashire districts.

In addition, the Disability Swimming Gala will take place on March 15 at Lancaster’s Salt Ayre Leisure Centre.

The SPAR Lancashire School Games is organised by the Lancashire Sport Partnership and delivered by the county’s school games organisers. James Hall & Company Ltd, the SPAR distributor for the North of England, is sponsoring the event for the eleventh year running.

Over £128m of National Lottery and Government funding has been invested into the school games programme