Grantham hosts winter games

Sainsbury's School Games Winter Festival at The Meres in Grantham.

Sainsbury's School Games Winter Festival at The Meres in Grantham.

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Hundreds of children from across Lincolnshire have again competed in a multi-sport event at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.

The Sainsbury’s School Games 2015 Winter Festival was hosted at the venue on Wednesday for the fifth consecutive year with over 650 children competing in six sports.

Sainsbury's School Games Winter Festival at The Meres in Grantham.

Sainsbury's School Games Winter Festival at The Meres in Grantham.

Olympic swimmer Ross Davenport welcomed the competitors in an opening ceremony and helped present trophies to winners from schools across South Kesteven and the rest of Lincolnshire.

They competed in badminton, basketball, hockey, netball, new age kurling and swimming and also had a chance to have a go at climbing, volleyball and archery the day long event.

The games were another part of a national initiative to give every pupil in the country the opportunity to experience competitive sport and feel part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy.

Following successful events since 2011, the Lincolnshire Local Organising Committee again looked no further than Grantham Meres to provide a fitting venue for young people to compete in the event.

Sainsbury's School Games Winter Festival at The Meres in Grantham.

Sainsbury's School Games Winter Festival at The Meres in Grantham.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture Councillor Bob Adams said: “We’d like to thank organisers Lincolnshire Local Organising Committee, volunteers, schools, teachers and of course the children for taking part in a memorable day.

“Grantham Meres Leisure Centre again showed how capable hosts they are to stage these big events. Participants, teachers, parents and staff gave the venue another vote of confidence for its facilities and warm welcome.”

Sainsbury's School Games Winter Festival at The Meres in Grantham.

Sainsbury's School Games Winter Festival at The Meres in Grantham.