The 8th annual Inspire+ Mini Olympics saw 1,000 primary school children take part in 14 different sporting zones which included dance, rugby, wheelchair basketball, boccia and badminton.
This year’s event at the Grantham Meres sports stadium celebrated the upcoming England and Wales Rugby World Cup 2015. Every school that entered represented a different country that will be competing at the World Cup and to fit in with the rugby theme all the children performed a mass Haka during the closing ceremony.
The Mini Olympics could not have run without the support of its sponsors and the secondary school volunteers from the Sports Leadership Academy and Young Ambassadors. Over 60 of these volunteers were there on the day and the Young Ambassador steering group play a vital role in helping to plan the event and then overseeing it during the day.
Inspire+ operations manager Chris Graves said: “Every year the event grows and gets better and better. It’s such a wonderful sight seeing all the schools enjoying the different sports and the excitement from the children as they take part in their very own Mini Olympic opening ceremony. The quality of all the Young Ambassadors and Sports Leadership Academy students who help us on the day is second to none, and without them we couldn’t run this event to the scale it is.”
This year’s celebrities who attended the event were Paralympic powerlifter Clive Wright, GB badminton player Chris Adcock, former Leicester Tigers and England player Louis Deacon, Inspire+ Ambassadors Paralympian Sam Ruddock and GB swimmer Sophie Allan.’
The event marked a great celebration towards the end of another academic year for Inspire+ with all of its member schools, coaches, supporters and partners coming together for an inspirational day.