Erewash pupils stage their own version of the Olympic Games

Stanley Common Primary at the Erewash primary school Olympic Games.
Stanley Common Primary at the Erewash primary school Olympic Games.

More than 200 children from primary schools across Erewash took part in their very own mini-Olympic Games.

Year four pupils from eight schools competed at Rutland Park in Ilkeston with youngsters from four primary schools taking part at Long Eaton School.

Schools at Rutland Park included Dallimore Primary, Hallam Fields Junior, Chaucer Junior, Stanley St Andrew’s, St Thomas Catholic Primary, Ladwood Primary, Kensington Primary and Stanley Common.

At Long Eaton School, there were pupils from Draycott Primary, Dovedale Primary, English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School and Firfield Primary.

The events were organised by Erewash School Sport Partnership and pupils were given the chance to try out a range of activities including relay, hockey, speed bounce, javelin, golf and a treasure hunt.

Each school represented a country in the Olympic Games and was asked to write an oath about how they would like to take part in sport in the run up to next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.

After taking part in their own version of the Olympic opening ceremony the schools split off into teams and their performances in each sport were recorded and timed.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said the event was organised to give the children a taste of a wide range of activities.

She said: “Everyone had great fun and there were lots of smiling faces at both events. They were having a go at everything, running, jumping and throwing and most importantly they had a good time.

“There were eight different types of activities and we kept them on their toes so hopefully there was something for everyone.

“Our aim was to enthuse pupils about the forthcoming Olympics and we are looking forward to seeing all of the oaths that were created and finding out how they will be celebrating sport in their own schools.”