PUPILS from schools across Chorley stormed to success at this year’s Spar Lancashire School Games county finals after bringing home a whole host of medals.

More than 1,600 youngsters took part in the largest youth sporting event in the county, which saw pupils from 15 Lancashire districts battle it out at Blackpool’s Stanley Park to be crowned county champions in 16 sports including cricket, tennis, athletics and gymnastics.

Team Chorley brought home eight medals in total, including one gold, three silvers and four bronzes. This success was helped by St Michael’s CE High School, which scooped bronze in both the boys’ and girls’ super eight athletics competitions.

Buckshaw Primary School secured the top title in tri golf – a new sporting addition to this year’s county finals – bringing home gold for the district, while St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School scooped bronze in primary orienteering.

The success did not stop there for team Chorley, as Christ Church Charnock Richard CofE Primary School took silver in the gymnastics competition. The gymnasts from Mayfield Special School were also victorious, bringing home silver in the inclusive team tournament, while the school’s Sam Fielding wowed judges and secured second place in the individual vault competition.

An opening ceremony hosted by Rock FM presenter Jordan North kick-started proceedings, which saw pupils create a sea of colours as they marched in the district parade before enjoying a rousing dance performance by students from Chorley’s Parklands High School, who later scooped bronze in the duathlon competition.

Team GB handball athlete Chris McDermott, who competed in the London 2012 Games, was on hand to provide extra inspiration to the children before the competitions began, while the Spar Lancashire School Games mascot the Lancashire Lion was also present to cheer pupils on.

Now in its tenth year, the SPAR Lancashire School Games, which is part of Sport England’s national £128m school games programme, is designed to give all children the opportunity to participate in competitive sport.

Organised by Lancashire Sport Partnership and implemented by the county’s school games organisers, it is sponsored by James Hall & Company Ltd, the SPAR distributors for the North of England.

In the lead up to the county finals, pupils across Lancashire competed in a series of inter-school competitions to secure a highly-coveted county finals place and the opportunity to be crowned Lancashire champions.

Gemma Stokes, school games organiser for Chorley, added: “There has been so much excitement and anticipation in the lead up to this year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals, with all pupils eager to get their hands on a medal and make team Chorley proud.

“As ever, there were some outstanding sporting displays and it was fantastic to see such a positive sporting spirit. Team Chorley narrowly missed out on being named overall county champions, with Burnley pipping us to the post by just one point, which makes us even more determined to come back fighting next year.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part and say a massive thanks to all of the young sporting leaders who helped to make the county finals such a success.”