School pupils enjoyed a sports day with a difference.
As well as the ‘more formal’ track and field events including javelin, long jump and track races, students at Mount Carmel High School in Accrington were also able to compete in sack races, wheelbarrow races and a tug of war.
Sue Fielding, partnership manager, said the annual sports day was held later than usual due to bad weather but was a ‘great success’.
She said: “A different format was implemented this year with the aim to engage all pupils within school to participate.
“The day was a great success and was enjoyed by all. Music was provided throughout the day thanks to a mobile DJ.
“Medals and trophies were presented by our headteacher Mr Bowers to individuals as well as form and year group winners.”
Around 80 students from the school have also competed in the Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Inter-school Athletics competition during the summer term.
The pupils from years 7 to 10 competed against 12 secondary schools in track and field events at Wilsons Playing Fields in Clayton-le-Moors and many reached the finals in their events.
Sue said they did ‘extremely well’ and year 10 student Mia Beardsworth reached the finals of all the events she entered.
The school has also enjoyed more sporting success in the girls’ cricket.
The under 13s team finished second in Hyndburn at Rishton Cricket Club and the under 15s came third in Hyndburn at Ribblesdale Cricket Club.
Away from the sports pitches, a group of 15 year 10 students have been working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
Sue added: “They undertook a 10km practice expedition in the summer term from Darwen to Chorley and were required to utilise skills such as map reading, navigation as well as self-sufficiency skills such as cooking.
“To gain the award they need to have volunteered for at least three months, undertaken six months of a physical activity and completed an expedition.”