Manchester Academy takes gold at the Manchester School Games

Fri 7 Jul 2017

School teams from five Greater Manchester boroughs came together at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury on Wednesday 5 July in sunny weather to compete for the title of best Level 3 School Games softball team in the area. 

Schools from Manchester, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Wigan brought teams made up of Year 7, 8 and 9 students for a great day of competition. 

Games were completed after two innings when everyone in the team had batted once, and teams tossed a coin to decide which school took the field first.

After a round-robin had been played, the gold final was contested between the Stockport team, Priestnall, and Manchester Academy, and it was Manchester Academy, who won all their games on the day, who finished first.

Competing for bronze were New Charter Academy (Tameside) and St Anne’s (Rochdale), and it was New Charter Academy that came out on top.

Medals and certificates were given to teams in a presentation at the end of the day.

Special thanks to leaders from Priestnall, who helped throughout the day with scoring, equipment and keeping the site tidy.


Gold – Manchester Academy
Silver – Priestnall (Stockport)
Bronze – New Charter Academy (Tameside)
4th Place – St Anne’s (Rochdale)
5th Place – Standish (Wigan)


BSUK North West Development Manager Luis Arrevillagas said, “Some of the students showed a great talent for softball, and I was particularly impressed with the pitching, which is a hard skill to master.  It is exciting to see high schools getting involved with softball, and teachers used the day to liaise with others schools and create fixtures amongst themselves.  We are keen to support these teams in the future and continue to develop school softball.”

BSUK North West Coach Linni Mitchell said, “We were pleasantly surprised with the level of play shown today.  The students had a good grasp of the rules and all teams performed really well.  There are definitely some future softball stars being bred in our local schools.  A big thank you to the schools and teachers who brought the students down for the day and to our Level 4 helpers who helped the day run smoothly.”

If your school is interested in playing softball, BSUK can send coaches to deliver sessions and/or train your teachers. 

For more information contact Luis Arrevillagas (

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