A BARNSLEY headteacher has been put in charge of a project that aims to get thousands of school children to become more fit and active.

Nick Bowen, the principal at Horizon Community College, has been appointed chairman of the South Yorkshire School Games.

The project will see trampolining, orienteering, judo and seated volleyball offered to schools who sign up to take part after the event last year attracted 2,500 pupils.

A one-day festival is planned for Shaw Lane Sports Club in Barnsley in July, with stand alone events being planned at Wentworth Castle.

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