On Wednesday 15th June, Year 3 donned their PE kits, grabbed their sunhats, suncream and water bottles before excitedly jumping on a coach to attend the Mini-Olympics at Grantham’s fantastic Mere’s Stadium, organised by Inspire+. As soon as they arrived they soaked up the enthusiasm and positivity of the event, when greeted by a fabulous drumming band and funky, colourful dancers. After parading around the stadium waving their Germany banner and showing off their fabulous Olympic flame they were ready to get stuck into the dancing, sprinting, throwing, jumping, shooting and cheering! And they certainly did not let anyone down with their boundless energy and supportive attitude.
During the day, every corner of the stadium was filled with smiling, sweaty faces and the atmosphere was electric! Not least because of the awesome street entertainers and celebrities that spent the day weaving their way through the crowds of competitors and spectators.
After the opening ceremony, where they were greeted by their favourite Sam Ruddock, the children took part in; relay races, netball competitions, wheelchair races, long jump and boccia competitions. However, for many, the highlight was rehearsing and performing a whole group dance routine led by dancers from the Royal Opera House at the closing ceremony.
To end an incredibly hot but incredibly fun-filled day, the children were all treated to a football skills demonstration which the audience watched in stunned silence. The moves were like nothing anyone had ever seen before and seeing such awesome sporting skills first hand was the perfect inspirational way to end a great day.
At the end of an incredibly well organised event, Miss Davey, Year 3 teacher, said, “We have had absolutely fabulous day, the children have done themselves proud, taking part in every activity with fervour and keen interest. They have been inspired by the celebrities that they have met, loved meeting other children and being introduced to some new sports. A day they will always remember!”