Getting into the Olympic spirit

Pupils taking part in the Olympic-themed event at Dyke House
Pupils taking part in the Olympic-themed event at Dyke House

PRIMARY school pupils from across the town got into the Olympic spirit during three activity-packed sessions.

Youngsters from 11 town schools took part in Hart-athlon yesterday, a day packed with sporting events and fun games.

They also got the chance to take part in an Olympic-style parade displaying banners, postcards and flags the children made at two previous sessions.

The three events have all been held at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in the town’s Mapleton Road.

As well as getting hands on and taking part in the craft activities and the sports sessions, the youngsters also had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to hold a real Olympic Torch.

The torch was carried by former headteacher at Dyke House, Bill Jordon during the relay through Hartlepool last month.

Mr Jordon visited the youngsters along with town boxer Amanda Coulson who gave an insight into life at an elite sporting level.

Natalie Downes, a PE teacher at the school and competition and school games manager, organised the three events.

Miss Downes said: “We have had some great feedback, not only from the pupils but from staff at the schools as well.

“We held workshops in May and June where the youngsters got the chance to make lots of banners, postcards and other crafts, all of which were Olympic themed.

“Then we brought them all together at our Hart-athlon sports event.”

The children took part in 60-metre sprints, hurdle races, relays and a bike race named Tour-de-Hartlepool at yesterday’s sports event.

The workshops were funded by the Get Set Network, a programme working closely with schools committed to the Olympic and Paralympic values.