Schools shine in big final

Members of Clavering Primary School's sportshall athletics team who finished second in the Tees Valley finals
Members of Clavering Primary School's sportshall athletics team who finished second in the Tees Valley finals

BUDDING athletes from two town primary schools went up against youngsters from across the area in the Tees Valley Sportshall Athletics Finals.

And they certainly put on a good show.

Clavering Primary School and Eldon Grove Primary School were among 14 primary schools competing at the event, which consisted of a spin on traditional track and field events.

And the Clavering youngsters only just missed out on the prize at Eston Sports Centre, finishing in second place while Eldon Grove’s children also impressed, placing in the top six.

Helen O’Brien, headteacher at Clavering Primary School, in Hartlepool’s Clavering Road, said: “Finishing second in a competition at this level is a fantastic achievement, especially as nearly every school at the Tees Valley Finals was larger in school population size than Clavering.

“We are very proud of the 25 children who have been part of our team this year.”

More than 300 sporty children swapped the primary school for the sports hall to take part in the 24 adapted events.

Each child could participate in a maximum of two track and two field events each.

And after a full morning of running, throwing, jumping, cheering and excitement, the results were announced to the delight of the two Hartlepool schools.

The Clavering team was coached by the school’s new PE co-ordinator and Year 4 teacher Alan Piggford, himself a talented athlete, and deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy.

Mr McAvoy, who leads on competitive sport at Clavering Primary, said: “One of the highlights of the event was how both sets of children and staff members from the two Hartlepool schools were keen to support one another.

“We also had out School Games organiser, Natalie Downes, with us and her assistant, Lucy Baldam, both of whom have been a tremendous assistance in us reaching this level of competition.

“All of the Hartlepool children should be incredibly proud of their achievements.”