Schools get to compete in own Olympics

Mini Olympics at Elmswell Primary School''Pictured: Savanna Bisland-Cook from Walsham Le Willows Praimary School
Mini Olympics at Elmswell Primary School''Pictured: Savanna Bisland-Cook from Walsham Le Willows Praimary School

PUPILS from 17 West Suffolk schools have been early getting into the Olympic spirit.

Instead of waiting for London 2012, they have had their own Mini-Olympic Festivals as part of an Olympic education programme funded through a Get Set Grant.

Mini Olympics at Elmswell Primary School''Pictured: Emma Moseley from Elmswell Primary School

Mini Olympics at Elmswell Primary School''Pictured: Emma Moseley from Elmswell Primary School

Only 100 schools nationwide have received the grants.

The festivals started on Tuesday when Elmswell Primary hosted a Mini-Olympics attended by Hopton, Stanton, Rattlesden and Walsham-le-Willows primaries, attended by about 150 pupils.

On Wednesday, about 120 children descended on Great Barton Primary for a second festival and next week Rougham Primary will host another 120.

Organiser William Hopkins-Jones said all the events were led by sports leaders from Thurston Community College.

Mini Olympics at Elmswell Primary School''Pictured: Ben Halls from Rattlseden Primary School

Mini Olympics at Elmswell Primary School''Pictured: Ben Halls from Rattlseden Primary School

The events are all leading up to an inter-schools Olympics being held at Thurston Community College on July 5. Mr Hopkin-Jones said: “All the schools are given a country to represent and have been researching that country. The day will tie in with the Olympic torch coming to Bury.”