YOUNGSTERS have been taking part in a brand new sports festival.

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 from six first and primary schools across the district - Chollerton C of E First, Otterburn Primary, West Woodburn Primary, Hexham First, Prudhoe West Academy, Beaufront First and Whitfield Primary - all took part in the inaugural Tynedale School Games Multi Skills Festival.

The event, which took place on Thursday, November 14, was based on the three fundamental skills of agility, balance, and coordination.

Organised by Northumberland County Council’s charitable leisure company Active Northumberland through its School Sport Partnership (ANSSP), 130 children from the six schools took part in the festival.

Year 12 pupils from Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School stepped in to lead the activities.

Pupils were involved in a warm-up before taking part in fast feet and sprinting activities, balancing games and skill games to improve their coordination.

Children from Prudhoe West Academy reported that they had a great time, while their teacher, Cath Speed, was thoroughly impressed with the event.

Helen Robson, school games organiser with the ANSSP, was delighted with the success of what is hoped is the first of many such events.

Helen said: “The excellent quality of QEHS leadership and the enthusiasm of the Year 3 and Year 4 children over the day contributed to what was a fantastic event.

“It would be great to run this event again and reach out to even more schools in the area.

“The multi skills learnt and developed are fundamental to all sport and physical activity. They are an important part of children’s physical education.”