HUNDREDS of schoolchildren took part in the Bracknell Forest Schools Triathlon, which aims to encourage kids to try a new sport.

More than 550 students from 13 schools in the Borough took part in the "first ever" event at Everyone Active Leisure Centre on Friday, September 27.

The purpose of the day was to get children to try a new sport, with a variety of participants running in a 300m race, cycling on a 800m bike ride and swimming in the 100m.

Matthew Gamble from the School Sports Partnership, said: "We were really excited to host our first School Triathlon event and thrilled with the huge take up.

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"The event is non-competitive and aimed at giving children a new sporting experience. We now want to make this an annual event." Sporting clubs, such as the 10k Run Committee and Reading Rascals supported the day, offering a free training session to any child who is interested in taking part in Triathlons.

Michael Dillon, head teacher at Birch Hill Primary School, said: “This was such a brilliant experience.

"All our children came back with huge smiles and wanting to do it all again. For many of them, it was their first time competing in an event such as this.

The atmosphere was great, and it was really well organised."

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The Triathlon was the first ever event supported by the Bracknell School Sports Partnership.

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said: “We were delighted at such a great turn out for Bracknell Forest Schools.

"Keeping young people active and inspired is key to providing the best possible start in life. We were proud of the enthusiasm and talent showcased by all the pupils who took part.”