MARCH 11th-22nd has been a highlight of the sporting calendar for around 2,000 young people from across Merseyside, as they competed in the Merseyside School Games Winter Festival. High-level competitive opportunities were combined with the chance to experience elite facilities and meet notable personalities from the world of sport here in the region during the week and a half-long festival. Run jointly by Merseyside’s School Games Organisers and Merseyside Sports Partnership, this county-level event is the culmination of months of preparation by organisers, competitors and schools alike, including intra and inter-school competitions. 19 different events took place at venues across the county, each offering the opportunity to compete alongside champions from other Merseyside boroughs. A diverse range of sports was included, from Basketball, Girls Football, Handball and Gymnastics, to Netball, New Age Kurling, Sportshall Athletics and Table Tennis. Speaking about the event Chair of the Merseyside School Games Organising Committee, David Sweeney, said: “It’s been an incredible week and a half of sport. The passion shown by Merseyside’s young people has been unbelievable and we hope that participating in the School Games Winter Festival will prove an inspirational milestone for each and every one of them” Full results from the Merseyside School Games Winter Festival can be found here: http://www.merseysidesport.com/school-games-winter-2016-results/ The 2016 School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association. For more information, including how schools can get involved, visit http://www.yourschoolgames.com/.