Schools get a taste of Olympic spiritBy Jon Nurse
June 18, 2012
Children in Woodley played, danced and swam in an action-packed Olympic themed week for primary schools.
Woodley’s Active Celebration week brought together 1,635 children from Woodley’s eight primary schools, plus two secondary schools.
The celebration kicked off with a dance festival on Monday, May 28, and ended with an Aqua Splash Swimming Gala on Friday, June 1.
Andrew Bunn, Woodley Town Council’s leisure services manager, said: “The way it’s gone has been beyond our expectations.
“The dance festival sent shivers down my spine seeing the crowd clapping their children. There was an amazing atmosphere.
“We’re already looking forward to how we can build for next year.”
Woodford Park Leisure Centre in Haddon Drive and Bulmershe Leisure Centre in Woodlands Avenue played host to the Olympics extravaganza.
Alan Edwards, director of the First for Sports group that sends coaches to Woodley schools, had glowing praise for the week’s events.
He said. “It’s allowed total inclusion from all children, regardless of their age, ability or cultural background.
“I think it’s great how it got the children practising a number of techniques in tennis, football or cricket. I’ve seen massive smiles on the kids’ faces and they’ve been so enthusiastic to throw themselves into everything.”
The opening ceremony was a dance festival at Woodford Park, where the 10 schools each represented an Olympic nation and performed traditional dances.
On Tuesday the two leisure centres hosted a Multi Skills Festival for Year One pupils, before Wednesday’s Year Five and Six swimming gala that saw Earley St Peter's CE School triumph.
Beechwood A beat their B team in the final of Wednesday’s Boys’ Kwik Cricket tournament, while Willowbank Juniors beat Beechwood A in the girls’ final.
A Multi Skills festival for Year Two pupils took place on Thursday before the Aqua Splash Swimming Gala finale at Bulmershe Leisure Centre.