The Olympic torch comes to Erewash

Dovedale Primary School pupils Imarni Fearon and Joshua Kernan with Olympic mascots, their oath and the Olympic torch.
Dovedale Primary School pupils Imarni Fearon and Joshua Kernan with Olympic mascots, their oath and the Olympic torch.
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Schoolchildren were given the opportunity to get their hands on a piece of Olympic history when they took part in a Mini-Games event.

More than 800 schoolchildren from 24 schools in Erewash attended the Mini-Games at Rutland Sports Park in Ilkeston and The Long Eaton School.

The games were organised by Erewash School Sport Partnership to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Children who took part in the event at the Long Eaton School were given the chance to run with the 1948 Olympic torch.

Gaynor Nash, East Midlands Children and Young People Legacy Co-ordinator, brought the torch along.

She said: “I was delighted to take along the London 1948 Torch to further light up an already dazzling event and it was quite moving to see how well the children responded to a chance to run a Torch Relay with this piece of Olympic history.”

The Mini-Games were a celebration of the seven Olympic and Paralympic values: excellence, determination, equity, respect, friendship, courage and inspiration.

The partnership’s young ambassadors, whose aim is to engage youngsters in sport, worked with schools prior to the event to design their own Olympic oath.

At the event each young person signed their oath and it was presented to them to showcase in their school.

Specially trained young leaders from the partnership’s leadership academy helped run the Mini-Games.

Children were able to take part in sports including Paralympic event Boccia, the aim of which is to throw leather balls as close to a white target ball or jack as possible, handball, howler javelin, long jump and relays.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said she was thrilled with the events.

She said: “Hundreds of youngsters who were given the chance to take part in the games were rewarded for their participation rather than performance.

“It was fantastic to see so many children having such a great time and the fact that they were given the opportunity to run with the Olympic torch made the day even more special.”