Hundreds of school pupils from across the Midlands head to Rugby this week to compete at the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sainsbury’s School Games Festival.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre hosts the prestigious festival on Thursday March 27 and Friday March 28 - the first time Rugby has hosted the event.
More than 1,200 primary and secondary school pupils compete at the festival. Events include swimming, football, netball, rowing, boccia and modern pentathlon.
The festival’s opening ceremony includes a speech from Mark Fosbrook, a Paralympian who represented Great Britain at volleyball at the Atlanta games and managed Team GB’s wheelchair rugby team in Beijing.
Other guests at the ceremony include Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Anthony Gillias, and representatives from Sport England.
The festival, organised by Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport, aims to inspire youngsters to take up sport and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Tony Wilmot, chair of CSW Sport’s PE and school sport steering group, said: “We’re delighted to bring the School Games Festival to Rugby for the first time, and could not wish for a better venue than the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre.
“The games create a real Olympic-style atmosphere and aim to inspire young people to take part in competitive sport.”
Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said: “I’m delighted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre has been chosen to host the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sainsbury’s School Games Festival.
“We’re rightly proud of our new leisure centre in Rugby, and the festival provides a perfect opportunity to show school children from across the Midlands the great facilities on offer.”