Sunday, 20 June 2010

Mini Olympic Games to showcase our future school sports stars

Seb Coe and the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee need look no further than Leeds for how to organise a successful Olympic Games...

Children from four Leeds primary schools have helped to set up their own mini Olympics as part of a city-wide programme to link learning and exercise to the 2012 Olympic Games. The Spirit Alive event, which will take place at the John Charles Centre for Sport tomorrow, has been organised by children from Gledhow Primary School, Kerr Mackie Primary School, Moor Allerton Primary School and Talbot Primary School. The children will take to the track and field between 10am and 2pm and the event will have many of the features of the real Olympic Games including an opening and closing ceremony and medal presentation.

Spirit Alive is a brilliant cross-curricular project linked to the Olympic Games for young people of all ages. It started four years ago in Leeds and is designed to give children and young people a chance to lead, manage and deliver a mini Olympics experience for their own schools. This year we hope that around 120 schools across the city will deliver their own mini olympic games and by 2012 every school in Leeds wiil take part in this fantastic initiative.

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