Pupils from eight primary schools across Birmingham city centre have showcased their sporting sides at the Caritas Commonwealth Games.

The children, from schools which are all part of the Caritas Christi in Urbe group in central Birmingham, took part in the friendly competition on Tuesday (12 July) as it was hosted by St Chad’s Catholic Primary School.

Traditional games including the sack race, running and jumping all featured.

Pupils from St Patrick’s, St Vincent’s, St Joseph’s, St Chad’s, St Theresa’s, St Clare’s, St Francis’ and St Edmund’s primary schools were all involved.

Each school had hosted its own sports day, with the winners from those events being invited to Tuesday’s competition.

In the build-up to Tuesday’s event a baton relay took place beforehand, with the baton being walked between the various schools.

Messages from each of the schools taking part were placed inside and read out at the opening ceremony.

Martina Parker, headteacher at St Chad’s Catholic Primary School, said: “The day was a great success and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the schools involved.

“The Games are putting the city on the frontline and are being held not far away from us so we feel it is important for us and the children to embrace that.

“The baton for our schools’ games represents the drawing together of our eight school communities. We are linked together – as are many Catholic schools – by the Jesuit Virtues.”

Mgr Tim Menezes, Dean of St Chad’s Cathedral, met pupils taking part at Tuesday’s event and gave a prayer.

Picture captions:

Main photo - Reception and KS1: YR, Y1, Y2 (events in the afternoon).

Photo 2 - Key Stage 2: Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 (events in the morning).

Martina Parker, Mgr Tim Menezes and Josephine Azadeh, school Family Support Worker.

Commonwealth Games in the Archdiocese of Birmingham