THE London 2012 Olympic legacy was brought to life at this year's South Yorkshire School Games, say the organisers.

Almost 2,000 pupils from 400 schools in Barnsley, Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham took part in the winter finals of the games.

The games, run by South Yorkshire Sport, are being held in the region for three years to inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

Barnsley Upperwood Academy pupil, Dylan Soar, nine, said he enjoyed the competitiveness of the games and Lauren Park, 12, a pupil at Shafton Advanced Learning Centre, added: "There are loads of different sports, advanced equipment and it is good to know other athletes such as Olympians are interested in the event."

Helen Marney, of South Yorkshire Sport, said: "There was such a buzz around the venue and it really brought the Olympic legacy to life and made the pupils feel a part of the Olympics and Paralympics."

The summer finals will be jointly hosted by Horizon Community College and Shaw Lane Sports Club on July 3.

Horizon headteacher, Nick Bowen, who is also chairman of the games, said: "On the back of the Olympic and Paralympic Games it was great to be involved in this incredible event and we can't wait for the summer finals in Barnsley in July."