School working towards Olympic legacy

4:00pm Thursday 9th January 2014

By Alex Bysouth

A NORTHWICH school is working to build a lasting Olympic legacy for the town by working with children to provide new activities.

The University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) are delivering an Olympic legacy club for children from local schools aged seven to 10.

The club hopes to inspire 100 youngsters to engage in regular activity after trying new activities such as badminton, dodgeball, cheerleading and self defence.

Richard Russell, school sports and IMPACT coordinator at UCAN, said: “While UCAN has numerous sports teams that excel, we also understand that each child is different.

“Not all children like football or more traditional sports, nor do they like to attend clubs that are dominated by the more sporty or confident children.

“UCAN supports and aims to embed the Olympic legacy standard that every child should be encouraged to lead an active life which will continue in adulthood.”

Taking inspiration from Olympic and Paralympic values, the club hopes to develop each child’s confidence and self-esteem, as well as their sporting ability.

A ‘Get Set’ initiative invited schools to apply for grants of up to £5,000 and Seb Coe, chair of the British Olympic Association, believes it will make a lasting impact on the community.

Tim Reddish, chair of the British Paralympic Association, added: “This initiative will empower schools and communities around the country to deliver on the Games’ Legacy objectives.

“The network of schools involved will make a real impact and help to build a lasting legacy.”

A six-week programme starts on Tuesday, January 21 with the clubs running each Tuesday from 3.45pm to 4.45pm.

Mr Russell added “If there are any local businesses that would like to donate medals or sponsor an activity that would be great.”

For more information contact UCAN on 01606 42515.

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