Saddleworth Village Olympics
Not long to go now before the 34th ‘Saddleworth Village Olympics’ get underway and the excitement and tension is rising! Around 1000 children will compete across 18 disciplines in 7 ‘village’ teams covering the 13 villages that make up Saddleworth. Children will pit themselves against their friends and neighbours to win points for their village or their school’s village, with the village(s) with the highest points claiming victory in each discipline and one overall winning village in both the junior and senior categories.
Children from all of the Saddleworth villages have been training hard, making new friends, having fun and trying new sports since June (some even through the winter and spring) and are ready to give it all their all to win medals for themselves and their village team.
The Saddleworth Village Olympics kick off with an opening ceremony, which this year will have a very different feel about it….with a brass band, coloured flags and gymnastic ribbons, cheerleaders, the coming together of the seven Olympic Rings and a little surprise! The Village Olympics don’t organise or fund themselves and we’re delighted to have received help and very generous support from local businesses in Saddleworth and Oldham to make the event extra special this year.
This year we’re especially pleased to welcome the Saddleworth Round Table as our main sponsor for the Village Olympics, and as part of this partnership they will have a tent at the opening ceremony promoting their winter activities, including the Oktober Pie Fest and Santa Dash. Matthew Sykes from the Round Table commented, “This event is unique and really engages children of all ages and abilities to get involved in sporting activities across all villages and shows just how important our communities are”.
Adrian Green, Chairman of the Saddleworth Village Olympics welcomed the Support saying “the work and effort that goes in to making the 3 weeks of competition a success if nothing short of phenomenal. We just couldn’t achieve this without the efforts of the committee, the coaches, the parents, the enthusiasm of the children or the support of organisations like the Round Table, so thank you – You’re amazing!”
Saddleworth Round Table cheque presentation
Many small local businesses who have donated money and raffle prizes as part of our ‘Proud Sponsor’ initiative, so please make sure you visit them, if only to say thank you. If you’d like to make a donation as a ‘Proud Sponsor’ or would like to suggest any other funding raising ideas then they should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are new to the area or unfamiliar with the Olympics then you can find out more information on their website which is www.saddleworthvillageolympics.co.uk.