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First games festival sees 20 Hammersmith & Fulham schools battle it out in Barn Elms

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Joint competition winners Larmenier & Sacred Heart and St John XXIII

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Beach volleyball and ‘kwik’ cricket were among the games on offer as 20 primary schools took part in the inaugural Hammersmith & Fulham games festival.

More than 250 youngsters were involved in activities run by the borough’s community sports leaders at the Barn Elms sports centre, just across Hammersmith Bridge.

Aimed at Year 4 and Year 5 pupils who don’t usually enter sporting competitions, the school games festival was staged over three hours on Friday 16 October.

The children rotated around different sports and activities, with each participating school providing a member of staff to assist.

When the points for all the games were totted up, Larmenier & Sacred Heart primary were joint winners alongside St John XXIII primary, closely followed by Brackenbury, St Stephen’s and St John’s, who shared third place.

Stephen Hughes of the London Oratory School, who organised the games, described it as ‘a truly spectacular inaugural event’ and added: “It was wonderful to watch.”

Four beach volleyball courts were set up, with six pupils per team in frantic five-minute games.

Zone ball is a kind of rugby that allows forward passes... but any time a player is touched, he or she has to pass, and every time the ball hits the ground, the other team wins possession.

The sports which came under the ‘athletics’ banner included throwing a Vortex flyer, sprinting 50m and a standing jump.

Kwik cricket was 12-a-side, with each team having five minutes of batting, while there was also six-minute six-a-side football.

The competition formed part of a national drive to encourage more youngsters to take part in competitive sport, even if sport isn’t really their thing.

Sixteen London Oratory community sports leaders officiated, with support from London Sport Trust and the Fulham FC Foundation.

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