Wantage schoolchildren take part in indoor athletics competitions

Herald Series: Tommy Rees,  12, tries out the vertical  jump, watched by Ben Weal,  16, and Josh Legg, 12, right      Picture: OX64894 Andrew Walmsley Buy this photo » Tommy Rees, 12, tries out the vertical jump, watched by Ben Weal, 16, and Josh Legg, 12, right Picture: OX64894 Andrew Walmsley

YOUNG athletes were jumping for joy when they were put through their paces by school sports leaders.

On Monday, 15 pupils from King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage, ran a day of indoor athletics competitions at Faringdon Leisure Centre.

The Young Leaders are being trained through £5,000 worth of 2012 Olympic Legacy funding.

The Year Eight and Year 12 students ran one session for secondary schools in the area and one for primary schools.

Year Eight pupil Josh Legg, 12, supervised the vertical jump where a ruler is placed next to a wall to measure how high the youngsters can jump.

Josh said “I really enjoyed taking part today. What really surprised me was that the primary teams were really competitive – probably more so than the secondary teams.”

Some of the £5,000 will be used to purchase indoor athletics equipment.

Young sports leaders will then train up future young leaders to run such events with minimal adult input.

The equipment used for Monday’s events belonged to Sportshall UK.

Related links

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree