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Inspiring games set the Olympics mood

Published Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Over 650 children aged 10 and 11 from 34 Enfield primary schools took part in this year’s ‘Go Enfield Go’ event at the Lee Valley Athletics Stadium at Pickett’s Lock, Edmonton N9. They were able to choose from over 30 sporting activities and skills to learn and enjoy.

Now into its third year 'Go Enfield Go' has been awarded a coveted "Inspire Mark" by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, cabinet member for young people, leisure, culture and Olympics, said, "In this event every school represented a country and joined a colourful parade at the start the afternoon with flags flying and children running round the track.

"After a dance display in the centre of the stadium a mass aerobic warm up got the children into the right physical readiness for the activities to start in earnest."

Enfield's sports manager, Jan Hickman, said, "Our event gives children the inspiration and experience of a huge games event and this year judo, table tennis, cup stacking, boccia, fencing, football challenges, wrestling, rowing, boxing were among the top sports on offer.

"The 'Inspire' mark is only awarded to events that meet LOCOG's rigorous criteria. This is about being genuinely inspiring and we know that 'Go Enfield Go' gives children a wonderful sense of the magic and fulfilment that comes with being part of a big international event."

An original Olympics Torch from the London 1948 Games was displayed. This was one of 350 torches relayed across the world in short bursts as they made their way to London.

Guest 100 metres athlete, Ashleigh Nelson also joined the event. As a 2012 Olympics hopeful for Great Britain, Ashleigh was delighted to show the children a few running tips.

Cllr Charalambous, said, "The torch was arranged through the National School Sports Initiative run by Lloyds Bank. This added a sense of history to 'Go Enfield Go' and Ashleigh - who just two years ago appeared at Beijing was a true inspiration for the Enfield children."

A number of sports leaders from the Enfield Leadership Academy representing Bishop Stopford's, Enfield County, Highlands, Lea Valley High, Oasis Hadley, Turin Grove, Winchmore and St Anne's secondary schools also helped younger children with the activities.

Each leader was assigned to a primary school, to ensure that the children knew exactly where to go for each of their events making sure that every child had a fantastic day of Olympic/Paralympic activity.

One young ambassador led the Boccia activity which she qualified to lead at a recent national leadership conference in Loughborough.

The afternoon ended on a high note with an exciting relay race. Certificates were presented to all runners with stickers designed by children from Eldon Primary school as part of their Get Set network project - a special Olympics initiative for schools to work on lively campaigns promoting the London Games.

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