CHILDREN from schools in Northwich and Winsford will build confidence by taking part in a huge sports day.

The latest Sainsbury’s Cheshire and Warrington Summer School Games is scheduled for next Wednesday, when more than 1,000 pupils are expected to compete against each other.

“It’s about getting more young people involved in competitive sport,” said Sport Cheshire’s Adam Norris, who helps organise the event. “The school games are a great way to boost confidence and self-esteem by doing well.”

Vale Royal School Sport Partnership has organised a calendar of competition, both within and between schools, to decide on its representatives.

Qualifying tournaments across a range of sports, including athletics, basketball, netball and tennis, concluded as recently as last week.

Children from Charles Darwin, Hartford and Lostock CoE Primary Schools are among those to have made it through.

Goalball, gymnastics, tri-golf, orienteering and rounders are the other sports on the bill at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, Beamont Collegiate Academy and Birchwood Tennis Centre in Warrington.

Norris said: “The idea is to provide opportunities for every child to play competitively.

“The games are not necessarily a best of the best, but rather a joint effort between partners and schools to show how much importance they place on sport and PE.”

Handball player Chris McDermott, who represented Team GB at the Olympic Games in London two years ago, was a guest at last summer’s edition. A high-profile name is expected to attend this time around, though no announcement had been made when the Guardian went to press