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Mini Olympics attracts more than 2,000 children

Chairman of South Kesteven District Council coun George Chivers with some of the children who participated
Chairman of South Kesteven District Council coun George Chivers with some of the children who participated

More than 2,000 children have taken part in the annual Inspire+ Mini Olympics - making it the biggest event yet.

Youngsters from primary schools in Stamford, Grantham, Market Deeping, Peterborough, Lincoln, Gainsborough and the surrounding area took part in the event at South Kesteven Sports Stadium in Grantham, with teams from years 2, 3 or 4.

It was the 11th run by Grantham based sports charity Inspire+ and was an end of year celebration for schools, taking place over June 19, 20 and 21.

This year it took the theme 'A Festival of Sport', to celebrate the Winter Olympics, Hockey World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Football World Cup.

Coun Jacky Smith, South Kesteven District Council's cabinet member for communities, health, wellbeing and skills, said: "The Mini Olympics is such a magical event for everyone involved.

"We hope that the children who took part will be inspired to try new sports, become more physically active and lead healthy lifestyles."

Charity Ambassadors including Paralympian track and field athlete Sam Ruddock, Paralympian high jumper Jonathan Broom-Edwards, adventurer Sarah Outen, Olympic swimmer Sophie Allen and multi-marathon runner Ben Smith joined the celebrations, along with Lincoln City FC player Ellis Chapman.

Operations manager, Chris Graves, said: "The Mini Olympics is our one mass event of the year and it is great to see all our schools together after another hugely successful year for Inspire+.

"For most of the children it is their first time in a large sports event, particularly one where they take part in their own opening and closing ceremony along with up to 14 different Olympic and Paralympic sports.

"We could not run it without the support of local businesses and the dedication of our team of staff and volunteers, so thank you!"

Local business sponsors also supported the event, and the charity's Sports Leadership Academy students, Young Ambassador and Apprentices played a key part in setting up and running the games.

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