Sporting Spectacular – Halton School Games at Cronton
Cronton Sixth Form College was recently host to the annual Halton School Games. Around six hundred year 2 and year 4 pupils from local schools took part in the sporting event, arranged by Halton School Games Organiser, Karen Drake with the support of the Cronton Sports students and tutors.
Tom the Eagle, USA Tomahawks mascot, welcomed the pupils to Cronton before taking part in a six hundred strong Zumba warm up in the sports hall. Various games were set up on the playing fields using child friendly equipment. Events included fencing, rugby, tennis, archery, golf, hockey, football, obstacle courses and many other team building activities. Sports students and PE staff from Cronton College were on hand throughout the day to assist with running the event.
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The event was launched with a speech from Halton Mayor, Councillor Margaret Ratcliffe. Members of the Everton Ladies football team took part, helping with the closing ceremony certificate presentation and also providing every pupil with a complimentary ticket to an upcoming home match. Paula Campbell from event sponsor ‘Sure Group’ also attended and provided water and certificates for all pupils.
Karen Drake, Halton School Games Organiser, said “Doubling attendance on last year, this multi sporting spectacular aims to keep the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Legacy alive. The event couldn’t have taken place without the excellent support provided by Cronton Sixth Form College and the students who did a brilliant job leading the different activities with such enthusiasm”
“The reactions from the children really said it all as they walked out to the sports field with excitement, enthusiasm and gasps of “WOW”. They definitely went away from the day filled with the indelible memories”
Sports Tutor, Mark Brennan said “The Cronton students were exceptional throughout the planning and delivery of the event. We had over eighty students involved from Sport, Uniformed Services and Dance. I am really proud of how they engaged over six hundred children playing sport on one site for over four hours, it was an outstanding achievement”
Schools that took part in the event included Beechwood, Hallwood Park, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Our Lady Mother of the Saviour, St Marys, Woodside, Castle View, Farnworth, Gorsewood, St Bedes Junior, St Basils, The Brow, Moorfield, Lunts Heath, The Holy Spirit and All Saints Upton.