More than 200 students and pupils came together to improve their sporting skills and hear about an inspiring Everest adventure.

The Year 6 Netball Participation Festival took place at William Howard School in Brampton.

The festival included Year 6 pupils from all CET’s eight primary schools and Year 9 sports leaders and sixth form students from its three secondary schools.

The Year 6 pupils were split into different countries for the day, working with students from other schools and guided by Year 9 sports leaders to complete a range of netball skills. Matches and tournaments were delivered by the sixth form Sports Science students.

Participants also listened to an inspirational talk from guest speaker Chris Mothersdale about his adventures climbing Mount Everest and received certificates of participation.

CET’s Primary PE lead Rosie Holliday, who led the organisation of the event said: “This was a fantastic, enjoyable way for different age ranges from across Cumbria to mix, meet new people and develop skills.

Nic Tweddle, CET Assistant Headteacher and Student Events Lead said: “It was really pleasing to see the Year 6 pupils enjoying a taste of secondary school life before they move up to ‘big school’ next year and to see the older students taking a lead on the day. The young people were fantastic ambassadors for CET throughout and behaviour and engagement were exemplary.”

Secondary schools taking part were The Whitehaven Academy, William Howard, Workington Academy and West Coast Sixth Form. Primary schools were Longtown; Caldew Lea, Newtown and Yewdale in Carlisle, Tebay and Yanwath in Eden, Hensingham in Whitehaven and Northside in Workington.