EXCITEMENT is rising as there are only a few weeks to go before the 34th Saddleworth Village Olympics get underway.
About 1,000 children aged seven to 16 will compete in seven teams covering Saddleworth’s 13 villages in the event from September 7-22.
There will be 18 disciplines, ranging from the traditional cricket, football, rugby and athletics to more modern dodgeball and basketball.
Children will pit themselves against their friends and neighbours to win points for their village or their school’s village.
The village(s) with the highest points will claim victory in each discipline and there will be one overall winning village in both the junior and senior categories.
The Olympics kick off with an opening ceremony on September 7 at Saddleworth School at 9am and this year will have a very different feel with a brass band, flags and gymnastic ribbons, cheerleaders, the coming together of the seven Olympic Rings and a little surprise.
The annual event is made possible thanks to help and generous support from local businesses across Saddleworth and Oldham.
This year’s main sponsor Saddleworth Round Table has donated £3,000 to the event as well as other help and support.
Matthew Sykes, Round Table’s Charity Projects co-ordinator, said: “This event is unique and engages children of all ages and abilities to get involved in sporting activities and shows just how important our communities are.”
Adrian Green, chairman of the Saddleworth Village Olympics, welcomed all the support, saying: “The work and effort that goes in to making the three weeks of competition a success if nothing short of phenomenal.
“We just couldn’t achieve this without the efforts of the committee, coaches, parents, the enthusiasm of the children or the support of organisations like Round Table, so thank you, you’re amazing!”
Many local businesses have donated money and raffle prizes as part of the Olympics’ Proud Sponsor initiative.
If you’d like to make a donation as a Proud Sponsor or suggest any other fundraising ideas then email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Saddleworth Village Olympics and to get involved, visit their website: www.saddleworthvillageolympics.co.uk