SCHOOLCHILDREN from across Warrington are set to gain confidence and self esteem by competing in a major sports day.

The Sainsbury’s Cheshire and Warrington Summer School Games Festival will take place at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, Beamont Collegiate Academy and Birchwood Tennis Centre next Wednesday.

Sport Cheshire is organising the event, which will involve more than 1,000 children in various sports including rounders, tennis and goal ball.

“It’s all about getting more young people playing competitive sport,” said Adam Norris, of Sport Cheshire.

“What the day promises is the benefits of taking part in sport such as building confidence, self esteem and achievement.”

It will be the culmination of a year-round calendar of school sport events, giving the winners of internal and borough competitions the opportunity to compete against the best from across the county.

More than 100 teams are expected to be involved.

Sport Cheshire said as many as 1,200 children could compete in events such as athletics, basketball, handball, orienteering, table tennis, golf and netball Goal ball will give visually-impaired competitors the chance to compete in the games. Anyone who takes part in that contest, but is fully-sighted, will have their eyes obscured by a bandana to create a level playing field.

Norris said: “It’s not necessarily the best of the best, but it is a real joint effort between the partners and schools showing how much importance they place on sport and PE.”