BARNSLEY'S kids came home with a big medal haul as more than 1,000 youngsters took part in the South Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games.

European and Commonwealth swimming medallist Joe Roebuck, from Rotherham, was on hand to open the annual day-long event at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield.

At an Olympic-style ceremony, pupils took part in an athletes’ parade before watching a musical performance by Chris Badger from Aston Academy and dance displays by Horizon Community College.

Schools from Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield competed in eight sports across 22 different competitions.

Barnsley's schools came away with nine medals in total - two gold, two silver and five bronze.

Simon Pugh, development manager at South Yorkshire Sport, which organised the event, said: "Not only does it showcase the huge amount of sporting talent we have in this region, but it also provides opportunities for young people to develop teamwork and leadership skills through volunteering and cultural activities."