Sheffield plays host to inspire the next generation of potential Olympians

Kids and parents get to try various sports as part of the Olympic Fun Day at the EIS, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 6 August 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography
Kids and parents get to try various sports as part of the Olympic Fun Day at the EIS, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 6 August 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography
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Hundreds of children got a taste of some Olympic-style events aimed to inspire participation in sport and improve health and well being.

To celebrate the start of the Rio games in Brazil, a special Olympics fun day with sporting taster sessions including athletics, table tennis, basketball, netball, martial arts and gymnastics was staged for free.

Kids and parents get to try various sports as part of the Olympic Fun Day at the EIS, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 6 August 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

Kids and parents get to try various sports as part of the Olympic Fun Day at the EIS, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 6 August 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

Sheffield International Venues used the event to launch its new project aimed at uncovering the next generation of Olympic athletes, who are being given the chance to win a year’s free scholarship to train.

Nicola Biney, the participation and engagement officer at SIV, said they were pleased the event proved to be so popular and believes sessions like the one held on Saturday could inspire a future Olympian.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to see so many children turn up. Something like this is really inspiring for these kids at such an inspiring venue like the EIS.

“You see small children running around the track and getting involved with their parents while they’re waiting to take part in another activity – it’s amazing to see.

Kids and parents get to try various sports as part of the Olympic Fun Day at the EIS, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 6 August 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

Kids and parents get to try various sports as part of the Olympic Fun Day at the EIS, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 6 August 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

“These sessions could really ignite a child’s passion to go on and carry a certain sport on and who knows they could be turning out for Team GB one day.

“All you need is to plant a seed in their heads and you don’t know where it could take them.”

Kids and parents get to try various sports as part of the Olympic Fun Day at the EIS, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 6 August 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

Kids and parents get to try various sports as part of the Olympic Fun Day at the EIS, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 6 August 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography