SADDLEWORTH IS becoming a hotbed for lacrosse after two local primary schools captured medals at the Greater Manchester Winter Schools’ Games.
Hodge Clough won a silver and Delph a bronze in the Plate competition. They both emerged with credit as they represented Oldham schools’ in the county event.
Nicola White, Hodge Clough’s PE coach/co-ordinator, said: “Not all the boys love football or girls netball – we hope at our school they find an activity that the enjoy and engage in so they go onto high school and continue to take part in regular exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle.
“We were first offered support from England Lacrosse four years ago and the children were thrilled to have an American player come into school to deliver an after school club. We entered our first competition and have never looked back.
“We bought some equipment of our own and every year year five/six have lacrosse on their PE curriculum. This year we took a team of mixed year groups – the boys are all from year six and girls were all year five to the Games.”
After a difficult start, Hodge Clough came good to reach the final of the Plate competition where, sadly, they were beaten.
Nicola added: “The team is proud of its silver medals and I was proud of them for their determination and team-work. We’ll be working hard to be back at the Games again next year. Its a great event bringing children from across the region together.”
DELPH made it through to the semi finals of the Plate when they lost, but won the bronze medal play off.
The Delph team comprised Thomas Ackroyd, Ethan Fallon, Isaac Davies, Tom Harrington, Eliant Bryant, Daisy Hallam and Izzy Weigh.