The Durham branch, on behalf of The Education Network, were proud to sponsor the Sainsbury’s School Games in Durham and attend the fun filled event on Friday 3rd July 2015.

The day was split into many events over two sites: Houghall College and Maiden Castle.

It was an excellent opportunity to share in the fantastic celebrations where schools across the county displayed excellent showmanship, camaraderie and compeititive spirit throughout the day. As always, the competition was fierce as schools had battled out 2 previous rounds to fight their way to this final stage of the school games and their was a strong sense of pride and determination amongst all participants: teachers, children, coaches, parents and guests.

TEN Durham were VIPs for the day and chaperoned around the amazing faciltiies by one of the many volunteers who had dedicated their time to ensuring the smooth running and success of the day.

Meeting British female boxing legend Lisa Whiteside

At the Maiden Castle site, Adam James and Kate Nelson from TEN Durham were ecstatic to have the opportunity to meet British female boxing legend Lisa Whiteside, currently ranked 2nd in the world of women’s boxing! Lisa gave an inspirational opening speech and kick started the day before signing autographs, taking pictures and even sparring with those who dared! In the glorious sunshine, the team from TEN Durham were able to observe indoor and outdoor sports including: football, futsal, boccia, netball and tag rugby to name but a few.

Both main stream and SEN coming together

It was great to see all schools present, both main stream and SEN, coming together to display their talents.

Deborah Frazer and david Langthorne from the primary team at TEN Durham, were particularly blown away by the boccia competition which is a competitive sport similar to bowles that has been a aprt of the Paralympic Games since the 1980’s. They had the opportunity to see strong competition in this sport amongst the SEN schools present from the county.

Judging the Culture Competition

Later in the day, at the Houghall College site, Lewis Price, Regional Business Development Manager from TEN Durham, was delighted to join Adam James where they were given the privilege of judging the Culture Competition. Adam James said, “This was a brilliant idea as it allowed students who may not necessarily excel in sport to express their appreciation of the School Games and their love of sport through art”. After much deliberation, Lewis and Adam chose their winners: St Joseph’s Primary in Gilesgate, Byers Green primary and Blackhall Colliery Primary and presented them with certificates which they proudly received!

Overall, it was another fantastic day which The Education Network were delighted to be a part of and we look forward to the next one!