School gets set for the Olympics with community event

GETTING STUCK IN -- youngsters at Buxton Community School enjoying the activites.
GETTING STUCK IN -- youngsters at Buxton Community School enjoying the activites.

Youngsters at a school in Buxton are counting down the days to this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio by throwing themselves into helping the local community.

Buxton Community School have been busy hosting a mini-athletics event, held in collaboration with Fairfield Surestart centre, as part of the Get Set for Community Action programme.

Created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, and made possible by the Big Lottery Fund, the UK-wide programme aims to help thousands of 14-to-19 year-olds strengthen relationships between young people and their communities.

With 13 Action Leads organising the event, the school entertained 43 children and toddlers at their own mini-Olympics, and school sports coach Katie Amps said she was thrilled with her pupils’ determination to make their project a success.

“We believe that in an Olympic year, it is valuable to stress the importance to all generations the importance of physical activity,” she said.

“Our leaders have benefited greatly from working closely with other organisations to design and bring together the event, including making phone calls and booking personnel and equipment. They will also benefit from the message that positive experiences within activity lead to healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of inspiring the next generation.

“All the children seemed to enjoy the activities, and a lot of parents said they would recommend it others.”

With just three months to go until the action gets under way in Rio, students are helping to build the pride and excitement. And with the Olympic values of friendship, respect and excellence ever-present in Buxton’s Get Set project, Katie insists her pupils are reaping the benefits.

“We did these athletic activities as a way of getting the children involved with the build-up to the Olympics in the summer,” she added.

“I’m thrilled with how the children got on with the project. They will have learned so many life skills that will benefit them in the future.”

TO find out more about Get Set for Community Action, visit www.getsetaction.org.uk