Spirit of London 2012 lives on in Chichester

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The University of Chichester played host to scores of schoolchildren in a mini Olympics.

Organised by the district council and students on a community sports coaching course, the event has been running since 2006.

Pupils from Downview School celebrate a win at the mini Olympics   Picture by Louise Adams C130598-1

Pupils from Downview School celebrate a win at the mini Olympics Picture by Louise Adams C130598-1

Year 5 classes from the participating schools are each given a country from around the world to represent. The children learn about their country, cultural differences, sport and the Olympics.

A student coach from the university is placed at the school over an eight-week period to help the classes prepare.

At this year’s event, held over two days, pupils played football, cricket, basketball and a variety of athletic events trying to rack up the most points for their team.

Alex Twitchen, co-organiser, said: “It was really successful - hopefully the kids enjoyed the day. They’ve had a bit of a competition with each other and the other school and everyone has been involved.”

Twitchen led the children in taking the Olympic oath and the coaches’ oath - the same ones taken in the Olympics.

Two of the schools taking part were Downview Primary School and Southbourne Junior School, with two classes from both joining in.

Melanie Hall, a teacher with the Southbourne team, said: “It was a brilliant day. It was lovely for the children to come and have the opportunity to use specialist equipment.

“No-one has been left out and we’d definitely like to do it again.”

Prizes included an overall winners’ medal and an award for sportsmanship.

HAYLEY NEWMAN