Sports centre manager carries a torch for the games

Torchbearer Andrew Watson in training for his Olympic role with his scout group.
Torchbearer Andrew Watson in training for his Olympic role with his scout group.

Sports centre manager Andrew Watson is to be one of Sheffield’s torchbearers for the Olympic Games.

The general manager at Abbeydale Sports centre, who is a scout leader at 20th Sheffield Scout Group, will carry the flame when it passes through Sheffield on June 25.

He said “I was absolutely gobsmacked when I found out I’d been nominated, let alone selected! My colleagues down at the Scouts had put me in for a nomination and I must admit I’m still in a state of shock. It really will be a great honour to be part of the Olympic legacy. It’s a fabulous opportunity for myself and one I’m sure I will never forget.”

Meanwhile, Andrew, who lives in Ecclesall, has been helping to plan an Olympic legacy project – the next South Yorkshire School Games at Abbeydale on July 2 and 3. The winter games were held in March.

More than 1,600 pupils are expected to take part in the two-day event, which will include football, cricket, rugby, rounders and indoor rowing.

Andrew said: “The School Games are about inspiring young people to take part in more competitive school sport which will form part of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy for years to come.”