PUPILS from seven primary schools enjoyed a 'fantastic weekend' of sport at an annual festival.

Atherton and Tyldesley Sports Association (ATSA) invited 28 primary school pupils to Low Bank Ground in the Lake District for the ATSA/Safe-Elec-UK Residential Sports Weekend, with them taking part in kayaking, orienteering and running events under the supervision of eight members of staff.

The event started with ice-breaker activities on Friday before the three-sport competition took place on the following day.

St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School won the overall team prize, with overall best boy and girl titles going to St George’s Central CE Primary School's Daniel Senior and Parklee Community Primary School's Lucy Burrows respectively.

Dave Harvey, head of centre at Low Bank Ground, said: "It was a fantastic weekend.

“The weather conditions were the most challenging yet, meaning that every young athlete had to demonstrate real character and grit to complete each activity.

“The amount of effort every young athlete put into all the events was truly inspirational.

“The competition was intense, but it was the way all the children made new friends, no matter which school they go to, that really made the weekend the huge success it was.

"I would like to take this opportunity to praise the children and the way that they applied and conducted themselves over the course of the weekend.

“Their behaviour and determination to succeed in each event was a credit to their families and their schools.”

ATSA has arranged a number of other sports events recently.

More than 120 children from Tyldesley, St George’s Central CE and Sacred Heart Catholic primary schools have been taking part in the the ATSA Crown Green Bowling Festival at Tyldesley Subby Club over the past few weeks.

St George's Central and Sacred Heart will meet in the final at the Garden Street green tomorrow, Thursday.

Garrett Hall Primary School won the ten-team ATSA Girls Football Festival on July 3, defeating Parklee Community Primary School in the final at Fred Longworth High School.

The Key Stage One ATSA Football Festival took place at Pennington FC on Thursday.

Tyldesley Primary School won the team of the day prize and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School were named sporting team of the day.

A total of 22 children from five schools took part in a yoga and pilates-style exercise programme for children called Animalates at St George's Central Primary School on Monday.

Meanwhile a tennis session was organised between Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and St George's Central Primary School at Astley Tennis Club on Friday.

The session was led by Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles.