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Olympic spirit lives in Enfield’s schools

Published Wednesday, 08 May 2013

Primary schools across Enfield are determined to keep the Olympic spirit alive as 30 pupils from each school prepare to take part in a series of sports events, called ‘Inspire a Generation’, in seven of the borough’s parks.

Organised by Enfield Council’s school sports service, children are being encouraged to wave flags representing a country of their choice, wear the colours of that nation and bring mascots along too.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, said, “The spirit of last year is set to continue. Our parks are wonderful places and the success of our own school torch relay has set a precedent for more competitive sports activities across the borough.”

Children aged 10 and 11 have also been trained as young games makers learning to set up equipment, direct groups to the right part of the park and to help with tag rugby, dodge ball and the growing bowls type game, boccia, popular at the Paralympics.

They are also helping to referee and to make the events a huge success.

Students from Middlesex University are organising fencing and boxing sessions and local sports clubs are expected to support the park events helping with training, judging and refereeing.

Schools are also running linked events in the mornings so that all pupils can enjoy and take part in some way – even if they are not actually going to the parks.

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