Sporty students get competitive at Dagenham community games

Faiz Mahmoud, eight

Faiz Mahmoud, eight - Credit: Archant

Youngsters went head-to-head in everything from boxing to street dance during a sports tournament.

Pupils at George Carey and Thames View primary schools competed at the Riverside Community Games.

Held at Barking Sporthouse in Mayesbrook Park, Dagenham, children were put through their paces by 34 “young leaders” from Riverside School, giving the older students a chance to build their management skills.

David James, PE teacher from Thames View in Barking, said: “It was great to see former pupils involved in encouraging our current pupils to get involved in local sports and what’s more, seeing a number of our children who are normally standoffish, getting fully involved.”

George Carey won the sports trophy and Thames View took home the team sprit prize.

Yesterday’s event was organised by SportInspired in partnership with the council, Riverside School and the Big Lottery.

Four more community games will take place this month and every school in the borough will have an opportunity to take part by the end of the year.

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The programme builds on last term’s success which saw almost 1,000 youngsters take part.