On Tuesday 22nd June Year 4 pupils in the South Cambs Schools Sports Partnership were asked to ‘give it their best’ at our annual Mini Olympics Event. In ‘pre-covid times’ this would have been a day where we all came together at the Cambridge University Athletics Ground to enjoy a range of different sporting activities run by sports leaders from 8 local secondary schools, for obvious reasons we were not able to do this, however we were able to adapt the event so schools could still take part but on their own school premises. A total of 31 schools and over 1300 children joined in on the day.
The day was started with a recorded welcome video from our Partnership Manager Claire McDonnell, followed by a short video from a special guest, former professional tennis player Jade Windley. Jade proudly represented Great Britain throughout her career and won 19 professional titles as well as achieving her lifelong dream of competing in the main draw of the Championships, Wimbledon. Jade encouraged all the youngsters taking part to give all the activities a go and give it their best. The children were then able to join in a high energy Olympic themed ‘this or that’ warm up video with the brothers from Tanzii TV.
We provided resource cards for 7 sporting activities including, Boccia, standing long jump, throwing, cricket, target throw, golf and netball. We also arranged for the children to learn a dance routine presented via video by professional street dancer, Junior Russell which focused on friendship, celebration, coming together and having fun. Schools were also given some cross curriculum ideas to break up the day, ranging from designing their own mascot to learning about the history of the Olympic or Paralympic games.
We have heard lots of positive feedback from the day and although we were not able to all come together in one place it has been great to hear how schools have enjoyed being part of a bigger event. One school commented “we have missed playing with other schools so it was also a great opportunity to feel part of something bigger than our school”. When we asked for feedback from schools one school replied ” the children loved everything and want to do it again!”