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'It's all about the volunteers'

Hundreds of pupils in Cumbria have spent the day participating in the finals of the county's School Games.

Event manager Nicola Maclean says the day requires a lot of organisation, from securing a venue to making sure each competitor arrives.

She says such a big operation couldn't happen without those who volunteer to help out.


Finals of the Cumbria School Games kick off

Netball is one of the sports that will be played today (library picture) Credit: PA

Pupils across Cumbria are taking part in the finals of the county's School Games today.

The event, which is being held in the Sands Centre in Carlisle, includes hockey, tennis, and netball.

It aims to encourage children to take part in sports and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

WATCH: cycling safely

Thousands of Cumbrian school children benefit each year from bike safety lessons in their school playgrounds.

But more than 100 secondary pupils are currently participating in a new advanced training scheme.

Trained professionals have been taking small groups of students out onto main roads to teach them how to deal with other vehicles, junctions,and roundabouts.

Samantha Parker reports


Campaigners apply for interim injunction to halt St Bees closure

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A legal move to halt the closure of St Bees has been made as part of the ongoing battle to save the 400-year-old school.

Parents have applied for an interim injunction to prevent the school's closure this summer.

The school's governors had previously said they hope to re-open St Bees next year, but campaigners say by then its long history will be destroyed and confidence in the school lost forever.

Kelso’s Sprouston Primary adopted by chef Albert Roux

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Sprouston Primary School in Kelso has been adopted by world famous chef Albert Roux.

It is the first school in the Borders to be involved in the Chefs Adopt a School Initiative, a national charity that is part of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Service.

Now in its 25th year, the project aims to make food fun for children by giving them a "real culinary experience" as they get "hands-on in the kitchen" with skilled mentors.

Albert Roux chose the school as he recently launched his restaurant in the region.

“We decided to adopt Sprouston Primary School as we continue to develop our presence in the borders.

It is a great opportunity for us to inspire the next generation of culinary talent in a region famous for its excellent local produce.

– Albert Roux

The school have welcomed the move.

“We are really excited to take part in the Adopt a School programme with Albert Roux.

It’s a great opportunity for our pupils to learn about healthy eating and develop their cookery skills. It’s an important life skill.”

– Helen Ross, Head teacher at Sprouston

St Bees parents 'angry' about school's 2016 plan

Parents campaigning to save St Bees school says they're "surprised and angry" about the governors' decision to re-open the school in 2016.

Parents say the school should stay open this summer rather than forcing children to go elsewhere for one year.

A spokesperson for the governors has told ITV Border it is no longer feasible to continue with the current school model. Katie Hunter reports:

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