As the world's best athletes prepare to head to London for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, hundreds of school children in Cumbria are taking part in the Cumbria school games.

More than 900 pupils are competing across 12 different sports in 5 different venues in Carlisle.

And as an extra treat the Duke of Gloucester will be handing out medals to the winners at the end of the event.

It is one of more than 60 regional School Games that are taking part across the country over the summer. They aim to encourage more young people to participate in competitive school sport using the Olympics and Paralympics as inspiration.

They are backed by the National Lottery through Sport England.

Watching the opening ceremony in the rain Credit: ITV Border

David Keetley, Chair of the Cumbria School Games Organising Committee said:

"In this very special year for sport we are absolutely delighted to have put on such a fabulous School Games festival, which not only give young people in our region an opportunity to showcase their sporting talent, but to have a go at other sports and take part in cultural activities as part of a fringe activity area. We hope that all the pupils involved in our School Games Festival will be inspired to continue in sport throughout the year.”

Some of the youngsters at the Sheepmount stadium Credit: ITV Border

The Secretary of state for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt said:

"I want to wish every young athlete taking part in the regional School Games the very best of luck. And I want to thank everyone up and down the country who has been involved in this year’s School Games for making it such a resounding success. Through events like this we can inspire, enthuse and engage young people in sport."