Harewood youngsters get sporty

Youngsters at a Harewood school got sporty as an athletic event involving four local schools took place.

Earlier this month Gateways School in Harewood hosted a successful one-day athletics event involving four local schools, organised by Head of Prep PE and Games Andy Copeland.

Teams from Richmond House, Malsis and The Mount School in York were all invited to take part and parents attended the event as spectators.

There were a number of different events organised for Under-8s, Under-9s, Under-10s and Under-11s.

There were 50m and 80m sprints for the younger age groups and 150m and 600m for the longer distance races.

Events included field events included the long jump, javelin and ball throwing.

Staff from the visiting schools assisted with the scoring.

Every team entered two participants for each event and every winner won points for their team, so the day encouraged individual as well as collective endeavour and achievement.

The day finished with relay races for each age group.

Andy Copeland said: “It was a really successful day and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

“It gave all the different age groups a chance to take part in a range of activities with lots of scope for different abilities.

“We are hoping to run it again next year.”

Dr Tracy Johnson, Gateways School Headmistress, said:

“The day of athletics was a huge success – full of enjoyment and competitive spirit – and we were delighted to welcome so many pupils from other schools into Gateways.”

Gateways School is an independent school in the Harewood district of Leeds for girls aged 2-18 and boys aged 2-11