Telford and East Shropshire dominated the top prizes at the county’s first secondary schools mini School Games festival of the new academic year.
More than 300 students took part in the opening round of the 2017-18 Shropshire Homes School Games County Finals, held at Shrewsbury Sports Village and Sundorne Sports Hall.
A total of 64 teams competed in cross country, table tennis, volleyball, and dodgeball competitions at the event, organised by county sports partnership Energize.
Bridgnorth high jump star Beth Partridge, the reigning British indoor champion who has just been selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games, was the guest of honour.
All the school teams were representing one of six areas – two from Telford, plus North Shropshire, South Shropshire, East Shropshire, and Shrewsbury.
In the cross country competition, it was the Telford & Wrekin Langley area which took the year seven boys’ title, ahead of North Shropshire in second place, and South Shropshire third.
The year seven girls’ event was won by the Telford & Wrekin Burton Borough area, with East Shropshire in second, and North Shropshire third.
East Shropshire beat the Telford & Wrekin Langley area into second place in both the year eight and year nine boys’ cross country, and also won the year nine girls’ competition, where Telford & Wrekin Burton Borough was second.
The result was reversed in the year eight girls’ cross country contest, with Telford & Wrekin Burton Borough finishing first, and East Shropshire second.
In the dodgeball competition for key stage four boys, Idsall School of Shifnal took the title ahead of Priory School Shrewsbury in second place, Telford Park School third, Bishop’s Castle Community College fourth, and Thomas Adams of Wem fifth.
Oldbury Wells School of Bridgnorth won the key stage four girls’ dodgeball competition, beating Ercall Wood of Wellington into second, Bishop’s Castle Community College third, Thomas Adams fourth, and The Priory fifth.
The only three competitions which were not won by either Telford or East Shropshire teams were key stage three sportsability dodgeball, key stage three boys’ table tennis and key stage four volleyball.
Shrewsbury Academy won the dodgeball competition ahead of Idsall School and Ercall Wood, and The Marches of Oswestry were boys’ table tennis champions, with Thomas Telford second, and Meole Brace in third.
Lacon Childe School from Cleobury Mortimer won the key stage four volleyball, with William Brookes of Much Wenlock second, and Idsall School third.
Harry Cade, youth sport manager at Energize, said: “It was a great way to kick off another season of the Shropshire Homes School Games competition.
“Once again this year, we are spreading our events around the county to give schools as many corners of Shropshire as possible the chance to host top quality competition.”
The next mini-festival will be at Wrekin College on March 22, followed by a third event at Idsall School in Shifnal on July 26.
There will also be 10 other secondary school county finals run as ‘satellite’ competitions, starting in January with sportsability orienteering for key stage three students, at Adams’ Grammar School in Newport.