MORE than 900 students will travel to Bournemouth's LeAF Academy next week for the Dorset Winter School Games finals 2017.

They will compete in handball, rugby and volleyball following an opening ceremony at which New Zealand volleyball sensation Kirk Pitman will give a motivational speech.

Kirk is currently the head coach for England senior men’s beach volleyball team who are preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia 2018.

He said: "I am really looking forward to seeing the local young talent in action at the Dorset School Games. It will be an amazing opportunity for them to compete for their school."

The School Games is an exciting, fully inclusive competition for school children in England, designed to motivate, enthuse and inspire young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

The Dorset final will take place on Wednesday April 5.