Mini Olympics brings more than 1,000 children together in Grantham

The opening ceremony at the Mini Olympics at South Kesteven Sports Stadium in Grantham.

The opening ceremony at the Mini Olympics at South Kesteven Sports Stadium in Grantham.

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More than 1,000 children have taken part in the ninth annual Inspire+ Mini Olympics in Grantham themed around the Rio 2016 Games.

Participants from 38 schools were at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium to take part in a range of activities earlier today.

Olympian Elizabeth Cann was among the stars to welcome children at South Kesteven Sports Stadium in Grantham for the Mini Olympics.

Olympian Elizabeth Cann was among the stars to welcome children at South Kesteven Sports Stadium in Grantham for the Mini Olympics.

They met sporting stars Paralympians Sam Ruddock and Jonathan Broom Edwards and Olympians Sophie Allen and Elizabeth Cann.

The games involved a total of 1,157 Year 3 and 4 pupils from the South West Lincolnshire area which covers Grantham, Stamford and the surrounding villages.

More than 80 of Inspire+’s Sports Leadership Academy students and Young Ambassadors helped run the day along with a group of volunteers from Totemic and PayPlan.

The event coincided with International Olympic Day which celebrates the history of the Olympic Games which pupils are studying at some schools.

They enjoyed their very own opening and closing ceremony and then took part in eight different Olympic and Paralympic sporting zones.

The day’s Rio theme was also enhanced by the East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network which provided Samba and Steel Drum bands along with carnival queens, dancers, puppets and stilt walkers.

Chris Graves, Operations Manager for Inspire+, said: “This was again the highest number of schoolchildren we have ever had to the event and the spirit they showed was fantastic. Thank you to all parties and volunteers who helped to make this another success. It simply gets better and better each year.”

SKDC’s Business Manager for Venues and Facilities, Paul Stokes, said: “As ever this was another wonderful sporting occasion for children from South Kesteven schools and we are proud to have supported the event at South Kesteven Sports Stadium.”