CHILDREN have been taking part in an energetic event to showcase their new skills.

A total of 31 groups took part in the Gateshead Schools Gymnastics, Trampolining and Cheerleading Festival on Tuesday.

The event, at Gateshead Leisure Centre, was the culmination of months of work by pupils and teachers.

Christina McDermott, headteacher of St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School, Birtley, said: “Our children have been rehearsing a number of different gymnastic movements and dances to the music of The Lion King.

“They have been practising in an after school club with a gymnastics coach, Laura Tingate, from Grassroots, and they have really enjoyed it.

“They have really come on in their skills.

“I think they get confidence, flexibility, a love of performing and keeping fit.

“Sport has always been a big part of our school and the gymnastics skills they are showing today is very impressive for primary school children.”

Over the course of the day, more than 800 primary and secondary school pupils performed a range of lively routines.

Alex Perkins, from Gateshead School Sport Partnership, which organised the festival, said: “It’s a delight to see so many schools participating in this spectacular annual event that gives children the opportunity showcase their creative skills within the areas of gymnastics, trampolining and cheerleading.”