Young­sters on the start­ing blocks for Buck­ing­hamshire School Games

Harefield Gazette - - SUMMER SPORT -

SCHOOL­CHILD­REN will en­joy a mini-Olympics in Ayles­bury on Fri­day July 1 as 1,300 pupils from across Buck­ing­hamshire and Mil­ton Keynes com­pete in 13 dif­fer­ent sports.

The young­sters aged from seven to 14 will de­scend on Stoke Man­dev­ille Sta­dium for the School Games, which will also boast guest speak­ers and dance per­for­mances.

The sta­dium will be the venue for the open­ing cer­e­mony and sev­eral of the com­pe­ti­tions, but other sites around Ayles­bury will host some of the sports.

The event is being co­or­di­nated by Leap, the Sport and Ac­tiv­ity Part­ner­ship for Bucks and MK, in part­ner­ship with the county’s School Games Or­gan­is­ers and is the cul­mi­na­tion of a year-long pro­gramme of qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Speak­ers will in­clude Bri­tish Sprint Ath­lete, two times Olympian and Com­mon­wealth Gold and Sil­ver medal­list Abi Oyepi­tan.

There will be per­for­mances by pupils from St Michael’s Pri­mary and Se­condary Schools and Lord Grey Cheer­lead­ers

The young­sters will be rep­re­sent­ing one of eight School Games ar­eas, with each sup­ported by a mas­cot.

The mas­cots will set the stage for the day’s com­pe­ti­tions with the mas­cot race dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony.

The events will take part through­out the day at Stoke Man­dev­ille Sta­dium and at Fair­ford Leys Park, Bed­grove Park, Mead­owcroft and Ayles­bury Ten­nis, Squash and Rack­et­ball Club, Ayles­bury.

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