SADDLEWORTH Village Olympics organisers are issuing a rallying cry to secondary school children to support the legendary annual event.
After a number of years of declining senior competitor numbers, the committee is calling on all secondary school children to re-engage with the Olympics and re-create the fun and competitive spirit that made them take part when they were younger.
Co-Chairman Adrian Green said: “Our main aim is to try and encourage as many local children as possible to take part in as many sports as we can.
“We are really excited to be introducing hockey to the schedule this year and hopefully to award the tug-o-war trophy for the first time.”
“Last year, the opening ceremony had to be cancelled due to inclement torrential rain which resulted in the Games’ first ever tug of war competition being cancelled.
“This year the committee will give it another go and hope to be able to award the cup for the first time.”
The trophy has been named in memory of the former Chairman Ben Hilton, who was a major figure in ensuring the Olympics have continued to be a major local sporting event.
Following the success of the hockey trial last year, the committee has introduced the sport as a main event at Saddleworth School for children aged 10-13.
The Games start with an Opening Ceremony on Saturday, September 8 at Saddleworth School at 9am.
Then there is a series of sports events over the next three weeks, including athletics, tug of war, rounders, netball, dodgeball, basketball, hockey, swimming, tag rugby, badminton, football, cricket and tennis.
Adrian added: “Fundraising is always a key part of the activities of the main committee and they would like to thank the Saddleworth Round Table and Robert Scott and Sons for their continued support.
“We are keen to hear from any other local businesses who are looking for sport/children charities to support.
“And the committee offers a big thank you and welcome to all the new coaches and volunteers this year. Without you, this event couldn’t happen.
“Good luck to all the competitors and we look forward to seeing you and your supporters in September!”
Find out more online: www.saddleworthvillageolympics.co.uk
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