CHILDREN will soon be taking to their marks once more for the Saddleworth Village Olympics.
It is estimated about 1,000 children aged seven to 16, representing 13 Saddleworth villages, will compete in the popular annual sporting occasion from September 7-22.
Sports range from the traditional cricket, football, rugby and athletics to more modern dodgeball and basketball, offering something for everyone to enjoy.
Organisers are looking at introducing table tennis and are planning a taster day later in the year to assess the level of interest in this sport.
And after listening to input from parents, coaches and participants during the event in 2018, the committee hopes this year’s Olympics will be better than ever.
Adrian Green, co-chairman, said: “This was the first formal attempt to gather input in almost 30 years and organisers were really pleased with the great feedback from almost 300 people.
“Based on the responses, they have implemented a number of changes this year which reflect the majority of views received.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all those people who completed the survey last year.
“It is always reassuring to receive such enthusiastic support from parents and competitors, and we hope the changes reflect many views and help to add to the competitiveness and fun of the events.
“Training starts soon for what we hope will be another fantastic year and a much warmer and drier September!”
The cost of putting on the event is approximately £12.50 per child and it’s only thanks to the generous contributions from local business and organisations that the fee can be kept low.
Organisers are always on the lookout for funding ideas and sponsors and if anybody would like to help they should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This year the organisers have introduced the ‘Proud Sponsor’ initiative, where business and shops can make a small donation of £15 or more.
In return they get an attractive ‘Proud Sponsor’ window sticker, they will be listed on the SVO webpage and will be displayed on a sign at the opening ceremony.