Budding athletes across Sheffield are the first youngsters in the UK to play sport in the miniature Olympic stadium touring the country.
More than 700 rookie competitors from many schools took part in the sporting and cultural activities at Newfield Secondary School, Norton Lees, including running, throwing and jumping as well as music and art sessions.
Chris Jones, CEO England Athletics, said the PopUpArena project aims to give youngsters their first experience of track and field in a stadium environment.
“We want to make sure that there is a meaningful and lasting sporting legacy from the Olympics and activities like the PopUpArena project are a great way of achieving this.”
Torchbearer Hannah Cockroft inspired the children at the week-long Great Athletics Experience event with a positive speech about her career as a British wheelchair racer.
She is the reigning double world champion and holds the world record for the 100m. In 2010 she broke seven world records in eight days.
Shania Lord, Year 4 pupil at Ann’s Grove Primary School in Heeley, said: “We’ve been sprinting, having races and playing a few games, and we did a little bit of javelin. I enjoyed the sprinting the most because I’ve beaten the boys who are the fastest in our school!”
Stuart Rogers, Partnership Development Officer, South Yorkshire Sport, said: “This UK-first has been a huge success here in Sheffield and we are delighted the local school children have been able to benefit from this unique experience.”
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