Hundreds of school children have been showing off their athletic prowess at the annual Northumberland School Games

The two-day event in Cramlington opened with an Olympics-style ceremony and parade led by Former World cruiserweight champion Glenn McCrory from County Durham.

The boxer encouraged pupils that sport has the power to change lives for the better regardless of your background. He began boxing as a schoolboy. It’s about getting off that iPad or computer and getting outside to do some sport – this event really brings that home.

“You can see the energy, it’s infectious! I’m going to still be buzzing when I get home” said Glen McCrory.

The 7-16 year olds represented teams from across the North East and competed in a range of sports including netball, football, rounders golf and gymnastics.

Wayne Daley from the Education Network helped put together the programme of activities and says the forthcoming Rio Olympics is the perfect chance to enthuse youngsters and look for sporting talent amongst those taking part.

“We’re on the road to Rio here in Cramlington with 1400 people taking part in a range of sports, all of which are fun but they’re very competitive as well, and for us that’s really important for us because that’s going to lead to future stars. This is also part of a strategy to encourage girls, particularly, to take part in sport” explained Wayne.

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