THE sun shone on Trafford's children as they dazzled at the Greater Manchester School games.

Youngsters from across the borough joined almost 2,500 schoolchildren from across the region as they took part in the GM Summer School Games.

The event, consisting of 21 competitions in 13 sports and activities took place at eight venues, opening with a ceremony at The Regional Athletics Arena.

This year, competitions were introduced to provide opportunities for all children, regardless of their ability or confidence, to be able to participate in a mass sporting event.

This included some competitions, such as ultimate frisbee and handball, being scored by their peers using Spirit Score Cards which are based on the School Games values; passion, honesty, respect, teamwork, determination and self-belief.

And an array of sporting competitions took place with children taking part in dodgeball, football, goalball, golf, netball, new age kurling, rounders and much more.

Local winners included Brooklands School coming second in the Year Three/Four Mini Tennis Competition; Tyntesfield Primary, second in the Year Three/Four Tri Golf Competition, Bollin School first in Year Five/Six Tri Golf Competition, Gorse Hill Primary third in Year Three/Four Primary Handball Festival and St Mary's CE Primary School second in Year Five/Six Dodgeball

Sara Tomkins, CEO at GreaterSport, organisers of the Greater Manchester School Games said the event showcased the "strong values that our young people hold"

She added: "They demonstrated not only their sporting capabilities but also the Spirit of the Games by giving it a go and showing their passion, honesty, respect, teamwork, determination and self-belief which all shone through in their performances. Congratulations to every young person that took part ­— you have done yourselves and your schools proud!”