Newport secondary schools have picked up four titles in the first round of Shropshire Homes School Games county finals of 2018.
Burton Borough and Newport Girls’ High collected two trophies each after tough competition in the badminton, handball and orienteering events.
The under 15 handball and key stage four badminton titles went to Newport Girls’ High on the year’s first finals day at Shrewsbury Sports Village, while Burton Borough won the key stage three girls’ badminton, and sportsability orienteering.
The Newport victories were part of a clean sweep for Telford and East Shropshire in the opening round of 2018 finals.
In the badminton competition, Thomas Telford took the boys’ key stage four trophy, while the boys’ key stage trophy three went to William Brookes School of Much Wenlock.
In the handball competition, Idsall school of Shifnal was victorious in the under 15 boys’ section, and in the key stage three dodgeball competition for students with emotional and behavioural difficulties, Southall School took the title.
The Shropshire Homes School Games are organised by county sports partnership Energize, with teams representing one of six areas – two from Telford, plus North Shropshire, South Shropshire, East Shropshire, and Shrewsbury.
Harry Cade, youth sport manager at Energize, said: “It has been an excellent start to the year, with more than 200 students competing in over 30 different teams.”
Wrekin College will be hosting the next round of secondary school finals on March 22, including hockey, netball, rugby, and sportshall athletics. Before that, the primary schools festival is being held at Shrewsbury Sports Village on March 6.
And there are basketball and inclusive zone basketball finals for secondary schools on March 2 and 16, at Telford Langley School.
Picture: Action from the handball competition