Good sports: medals all round at Spartans mini-Olympics
More than 200 local primary school children took part in a 14-sport ‘Mini-Olympics’ at Spartans Community Football Academy’s Ainslie Park home yesterday. The pupils aged 10-12 enjoyed rugby, cycling, athletics, football, and relay races as part of a programme to help introduce young people to sport and the psychological and physiological benefits it brings.
Former British Triathlete and Duathlete champion, Catriona Morrison, now Business Development Manager at The Academy, led the team who organised the event.
“Today has been about having fun, developing new skills and allowing the children to grow in confidence, be part of a team, and meet new friends”, she said. “At The Academy we support about 3000 young people a year from the local community through a range of youth services and you could hear and see today from the laughter and cheers of those taking part just what an important part sport and activity has as part of that provision.”
Everyone was a winner on the day. Claire, a Pirniehall P7 said: “It’s been great, I really enjoyed it and I got a medal at the end too which is fantastic. I’ll definitely come back to Spartans over the summer as there is so much to do and it makes me feel really happy.”