Stourbridge students compete at inter-school sports event

Stourbridge News: Pupils taking part in fencing. Pupils taking part in fencing.

HUNDREDS of Stourbridge students went head to head at an inter-school sporting event.

Pupils from Pedmore, Ridgewood, Thorns and Redhill School converged on Himley Hall to take part in the fifth annual The Stourbridge Educational Trust (TSET) Olympics event.

The four Stourbridge schools, competed against each other in various sporting activities, including lacrosse, mountain biking, climbing, tag rugby, tennis, volleyball, fencing, rounders, soft ball and golf.

More than 600 pupils in aged 11 to 15 competed in the event on Wednesday June 11, which was attended by the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Margaret Aston.

Lorraine Turner, director of communications at Pedmore Technology College, said: “We co-ordinate the event on behalf of the TSET schools and pupils from all four schools thoroughly enjoyed the day trying out new sports in friendly, competitive sessions with skilled coaches.

"New friendships and skills are gained along with helping the confidence and self-esteem of children who may not participate in the more traditional sports on offer in our schools."

She added: "Although some of the sports featured appear to be a solo activity, the students compete school on school and as a result are exposed to competing as a team even in a solitary sport, similar to that of an Olympic team.

"We are passionate about the continuation and development of this sporting event and others like it as a legacy of London 2012 Olympic Games.”

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