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By GreaterSport | 12 March 2019 | TAGS: #GMSchoolGames, school games, Children and young people

Over 2,000 young people will be taking part in the 2019 Greater Manchester Winter School Games competition, taking place on Tuesday 19th March. The event will see the winners from the 10 local boroughs compete against each other in their sport to become Greater Manchester School Champions.

The Greater Manchester School Games is now in its eighth year and its 16th festival and is one of the largest School Games events in the country; with 22 competitions in 12 different sports. Sports include dance, a new sport this year, rugby league, boccia and many others, all taking place across nine iconic sporting venues across Greater Manchester including the Regional Athletics Arena and Manchester Basketball Centre.

This event is not just targeting the elite participants it has split the competitions into four categories of differing ability and confidence. Some competitions will also score participants on not just ability but the School Games values; passion, honesty, respect, teamwork, determination and self-belief which are essential values not just in sport but in life. These changes will enable more children to be able to take part in the event and represent their school at the Greater Manchester School Games.

Athletes will get to experience an opening ceremony, hosted by MC Paul Sleem, at the Manchester Outdoor Athletics Arena. The event will be officially opened by Kelly Massey, a GreaterSport ambassador and bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games following performances from;

  • ASH Dance Group, a Greater Manchester based dance group of children and young people
  • Matti Hemmings, a professional BMX rider who holds three Guinness World Records
  • ‘Greater Manchester’s Got Talent’ competition winners – Greswell Primary School dance group from Tameside

The School Games Organisers across Greater Manchester have organised local competitions with 80,123 children having taken part in this academic year so far with many more competitions to come.

Sara Tomkins CEO at GreaterSport said “We’re really excited to be hosting the Greater Manchester Winter School Games next week. The event is a staple in the school sport calendar and we’re looking forward to celebrating the talented young people from across the region.

The development of the event to offer competitions for children of all abilities is a great next step to help us achieve our ambition of 2 million people in Greater Manchester moving by 2021.”

The event is organised by GreaterSport on behalf of the Local Organising Committee, with over 120 young volunteers from across Greater Manchester Schools supporting the delivery of the event.

For schools who have qualified for the event, a full list of sports, competitions, venues and more information on the event please visit To keep up to date on the day follow #GMSchoolGames on twitter.

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