Taste of Olympics for 3,200 pupils

ABOUT 3,200 pupils from primaries and secondaries across South Yorkshire will compete in Olympic-style School Games in Sheffield this year.

A winter festival will be held at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe on March 12 and 13, followed by a summer festival at the Abbeydale sports complex on July 2 and 3.

The Attercliffe activities will feature athletics, netball, gymnastics, basketball, cheerleading, boccia and new-age curling, and Abbeydale will feature tennis, cricket, rugby union, rounders, rowing and football.

Successful competitors will go forward to national finals in London’s Olympic facilities.

Both Sheffield festivals, which will have a strong cultural element showcasing activities such as dance, drama and music, will have opening and closing and medal ceremonies based on the Olympic and Paralymic Games.

With lottery funding through Government-backed Sport England, the festivals are designed to encourage young people, including those with disabilities or special needs, to take part in competitive school sports and form part of the Olympic legacy programme. Contact South Yorkshire Sport on 223 5672.