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The Ecclesbourne School's Tennis team
The Ecclesbourne School's Tennis team

A team of young sports aces from The Ecclesbourne School in Duffield was among the winners at the Derbyshire School Games Event.

Supported by Trent College, the event saw around 1,000 young people compete in a day of close competition in glorious sunshine.

School teams represented their districts in either Mini Tennis, Tri-Golf, QuadKids athletics (primary) QuadKids athletics (secondary), cricket, tennis, rounders, touch rugby, Boccia Plus and Sportshall Athletics Plus.

The team from The Ecclesbourne School, representing Amber Valley, was crowned the winner of the tennis competition.

Meanwhile a team from Heanor Gate Science College, representing Amber Valley, took silver in the Boccia; and a team from Ecclesbourne School, took second place in the rounders competition.

The Derbyshire School Games Event was held at Trent College in Long Eaton.

The event began with an Opening Ceremony which included speeches from Sporting Champion Bobby White, captain of the Team GB Handball team at the London 2012 Olympic Games;, and Georgie Grainger, a Young Ambassador from the Erewash School Sport Partnership.

The Opening Ceremony also included a flag procession, and a performance by Derbyshire School Games Dance Competition winners Lees Brook School and Derbyshire School Games Music Competition winners St Philip Howard Catholic School from High Peak.

Special guests also included Derbyshire Paralympians Andrea Green and Leon Taylor, who helped to inspire the young people competing at the event.

Derbyshire Sport County Competition Officer Craig Homer said: “My congratulations go to all the young people who took part. The event was a great celebration of competitive sport as we near the one-year anniversary from the 2012 Games and it showed that here in Derbyshire there is a fantastic enthusiasm for sport.”

He added: “My thanks also go to all those involved in organising and running the event, including all of the young leaders as without their support the event could not take place.”