KEEN YOUNG athletes are getting into their starting positions as the opening ceremony for this year’s Saddleworth Village Olympics looms ever closer.
The Olympics, now in their 32nd year, are open to youngsters aged between seven and 16, and up to 1,000 children are expected to compete this year’s extravaganza.
They will be competing as members of seven village teams, representing 13 Saddleworth villages, in 12 different sports over three busy weeks of competition.
For the first time since dodgeball was introduced in 2012, there will be a new sport as tug-o-war will see boys and girls aged between eight and 11 battle it out for a new trophy.
And the planning committee has another surprise as they are running a ‘taster’ style hockey session for the first time to trial the event on Saturday, September 16.
The event will be co-hosted with Oldham Hockey Club and details are still being finalised so check the Saddleworth Village Olympics website for more information nearer the time.
Keeping with tradition, the Olympics will launch with the opening ceremony on Saturday, September 9 at Saddleworth School at 9am.
Then there will be three exciting weeks of sports, including athletics, netball, rounders, tag rugby, dodgeball, basketball, swimming, badminton, cricket, and tennis.
At the end of the events, the Frank Sykes Fair Play Trophy will be presented, rather than an overall winner chosen by a points total.
Anyone wanting to take part in the Saddleworth Village Olympics can contact their local villages through the Olympics website for a registration form. There is a fee of £5 which covers training and entry to events.
Find out more about Saddleworth Village Olympics at: www.saddleworthvillageolympics.co.uk
The Saddleworth Village Olympics rely heavily on a vast team of volunteers to help organise and run their event. If you would like to get involved and ensure the future success of the games e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org