MORE than 460 children, representing nearly every Island primary school, came under starter’s orders at the inaugural PEACH Games.

Launched by the Isle of Wight Council’s public health team, in collaboration with Premier School Sport Coaching, at The Bay CE School, Year 5 and 6 children took part in nine sporting activities including boccia, triathlon and handball.

The games celebrated a successful first year for the Partnership Education Attainment and Children’s Health (PEACH) programme, which benefits Island pupils, families and communities.

Cllr Clare Mosdell, cabinet member for public health, adult social care and housing, said: “The PEACH Games are important to promote physical activity and positive wellbeing.

"This will in turn encourage young people to have healthier lifestyles with a sensible balance of physical activity and a well-balanced diet.”

Lynda Evans, PEACH education lead, said: “I was so impressed with the way everyone taking part in the games demonstrated its ethos and values.

“A big thank you goes to the organisers for their vision and hard work which ensured the first games was a success.”

Cllr Paul Brading, cabinet member for children's services, said: “Congratulations to all the team for a great event. All the children really had fun, took part, and I’m sure felt really special.”

John Poerscout-Edgerton, vice-chair of governors at The Bay CE School, said: “It was great to see so many sports/youth leaders doing a brilliant job with obvious enthusiasm and enjoyment.

“All the children I spoke to said they had thoroughly enjoyed doing the various events. They were all a credit to themselves and their schools.

“I really felt heartened to see so many children, and adults, using and enjoying the facilities.”

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