The Blue Coat School wins Greater Manchester School Games title

Thu 27 Jun 2019

On Wednesday 26 June seven secondary schools from the Greater Manchester area met at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury to compete in the 2019 Level 3 Manchester School Games.

The tournament, for players in school years 7,8 and 9, was a fantastic event with some very promising talent on view.


Once teams arrived at the field after an Opening Ceremony at the Regional Athletics Arena, they played a full round-robin, totalling six games for each team, followed by finals for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Games consisted of one inning in which each team sent 10 batters to the plate, with a handicap introduced this year for teams that did not bring an even split of male and female players. 

Teams competing against schools with an unbalanced team gained one run for each player not matching the requirement to have five female and five male players on the field – so a team with 10 boys would give up five runs per game for each of the five missing girls, while a team with six boys and four girls would concede one run per game.

This handicap encouraged schools who have previously brought male-only teams to the School Games to include girls on their roster, and therefore move closer to complying with British Softball Federation rules.


Finals of two innings were played to determine the top four places.

In the bronze final, Thornleigh School from Bolton, shown above, beat Co-op Academy Swinton from Salford 10-6 to take third place.

In the gold final, The Blue Coat School from Oldham, pictured above, stormed their way to victory, scoring six runs in one at-bat whereas hosts Parrs Wood School (below) could score just five runs in their two innings, and had to settle for the silver medal.

Some excellent fielding was displayed in the this final, including a game-saving diving catch from The Blue Coat School’s left fielder.

Final placings

Final placings were:

1 -- The Blue Coat School (Oldham)
2 -- Parrs Wood High School (Manchester)
3 -- Thornleigh Salesian College (Bolton)
4 -- Co-op Academy Swinton (Salford)
5 -- Hazel Grove High School (Stockport)
6 -- Cheadle Hulme High School (Stockport)
7 -- Stretford Grammar School (Trafford)


Luis Arrevillagas, BaseballSoftballUK’s Regional Development Manager in the North West, said, “It’s great to see what these schools have been up to in their PE lessons, and the quality of play this year has been outstanding.  Today the kids played incredibly and we’re thrilled to see so many more girls competing this year.  A big thanks to our officials and the teachers who brought their schools down to this event at such a busy time of year.  Well done to all the teams!”

North West Coach Linni Mitchell said, “Each year we run this tournament, the level of play improves.  The kids are getting a better grasp of the rules with help from their teachers and there has been some absolutely fantastic play this year.

“Congratulations to our medal winners,” Linni added, “and we hope to see everyone back at next year’s Greater Manchester School Games.”

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