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
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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.”