For the third year in a row, Cronton Sixth Form College were host to the annual Halton School Games, with more than 1000 pupils from local schools taking part in the two day sporting extravaganza.
The event was arranged by Halton School Games Organiser, Karen Drake, with the support of Cronton Sixth Form students and tutors. The games are held each year as a legacy to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Liverpool FC mascot ‘Mighty Red’, Everton mascot ‘Changy the Elephant’, characters from the movie Frozen, and ‘Jigstar’, the Merseyside School Games mascot, welcomed pupils to Cronton before taking part in a Zumba warm up session in the sports hall.
Various games and activities were set up on the playing fields using child friendly equipment. Events included fencing, rugby, tennis, archery, golf, hockey, football, obstacle courses and problem solving activities. Sports students and PE staff from Cronton College were on hand throughout the day to assist with running the event.
Halton Mayor, Councillor Shaun Osborne launched the event with a speech, before sending the children off for a full day of exciting activities.
Event sponsor ‘Sure Group’ also attended and provided certificates for pupils at the end of the day.
Schools that took part in the event were Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Gorsewood, Beechwood, Widnes Academy Westbank, St Bedes Junior, Weston Point, Weston Primary, Simms Cross, St Basils, Farnworth, Lunts Heath, All Saints Upton, St Edwards, Victoria Road, Hill View, Pewithall, Castle View, Moorfield, St Martins, Our Lady Mother of the Saviour, and Woodside.
Sports Tutor, Keith Barker said “The event has been a big success, the pupils really enjoyed themselves in all of the activities. Over eighty of our students were involved from Sport and Uniformed Services and they have been outstanding from the planning to the delivery of the event. This has given them fantastic coaching and teaching experience which is great for their future careers. We are very proud of how the event turned out and hope to host once again next year.”