Banwell crowned Gorge Champions 2018

Monday 9th July 2018

The first ever rock-based school sports day took place on 22nd June in Cheddar Gorge. Four local primary schools competed to be the Gorge Champions. We are pleased to announce the winners of the Gorge Championship 2018 are Banwell Primary School.

School-children from Blagdon, Axbridge, Sidcot and Banwell had to complete a caving and climbing challenge, team building games in caves and a rock-based quiz in Cheddar Gorge. Each school was judged on their teamwork, leadership and communication; the three qualities needed for successful adventures.

The Gorge Championship is organised by the Mendip Hills AONB Unit to ensure local children can try rock-sports which the Mendip Hills are famous for, all free of charge. The event was organised in conjunction with the National Trust’s Top of the Gorge adventure festival.

Jim Hardcastle, manager of the Mendip Hills AONB Unit, said, ‘One of the special qualities of the Mendip Hills is the visible geology, this has led to the area being a really important caving and climbing destination. We wanted to make sure local children try these sports as early as possible so they can carry on the rock sport tradition of the area. Plus, some children don’t like the traditional sports in school so it’s great to see them discovering different activities. Our congratulations to Banwell Primary School for winning and we look forward to them defending their title next year!’

Thanks to Cheddar Gorge & Caves for generously supporting this event. The Gorge Championship 2019 will be on Friday 14th June followed by the Top of the Gorge festival on the 15th and 16th June.