Olympic-inspired Summer Games announced by council

The facilities at Herringthorpe Stadium include a six lane track and field.

The second Rotherham Summer Games will take place at Herringthorpe Stadium next month, after the success of last year’s event.

The Olympic-themed event – which is supported by volunteers, partner agencies and parents – will be held on Friday 2 September between 10am to 3pm.

The Rotherham Summer Games consists of young people across Rotherham representing countries from around the world and taking part in events such as the Jamaican Bolt, Polish Power Pull, Mega Madagascan Medley, Thai Try Challenge and the British Ball Pool Blitz.

Last year’s event was attended by 140 youngsters – as well as Vic Voltage, the England Athletics Mascot – and it looks set to be even more successful this time round.

Inspired by the Olympics

It is part of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s Mega Active Summer Programme, which has been recognised by the London 2012 Inspire Programme that acknowledges non-commercial projects and events inspired by the Olympics.

The Mega Active Summer Programme has been running since Monday 25 July and includes training for various sports such as hockey, football, tennis, fencing, gymnastics and bowls.

These activities have taken place in Rotherham-based areas including Clifton, Brinsworth, Parkgate and Dearne Valley, and the Rotherham Summer Games takes place on the programme’s final day.

Chris Siddall, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s Sport and Leisure Manager, said: “The free action packed day, aimed at ages five to 15 years, will include a variety of fun sports activities – which will test speed, strength, stamina and flexibility.

“The response from young people has been very positive and we are well on the way to surpassing the 140 young people who attended last year.

“The Summer Games will be a chance for the young people to take part in activities at a sporting stadium complete with running track, long jump pits and throwing cage.

“We hope the day will start to focus young people and families on the fantastic sporting events that will be taking place next year, as part of London 2012.”

Further information

Young people can participate in the Rotherham Summer Games, but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Under 8s must be supervised by a parent – and those participating are required to bring suitable clothing for outdoor sports, a hat, suncream and a packed lunch.

For further information or to book a place, contact the Sports Development department at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council on 01709 822453.

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This article was published in August 2011.

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