Sheffield scouts honour the Olympics

273rd Handswprth Scouts held their "mini olympics" event at Handsworth Grange school.....one of the main events was the discus....
273rd Handswprth Scouts held their "mini olympics" event at Handsworth Grange school.....one of the main events was the discus....
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SCOUTS in a Sheffield community celebrated 60 years of the movement with good old-fashioned active fun.

The 273rd Handsworth Scouts hosted a mini Olympics with discus, running and other events to mark their Diamond Jubilee year.

Youngsters have enjoyed a range of fun activities as part of the celebrations, including swimming, and a party is also set for the end of the year.

Group leader Tony Williams, of Stradbroke, became involved with the group when his son started as a cub.

He said: “Because it is the London Olympic year we decided to do a mini Olympics for all the kids and we had ten different events like shot put and running.

“It went brilliantly.”

The event at Handsworth Grange School also echoed the ethos of the scouts - to keep active. Youngsters from the 60-strong group are going camping in September and Mr Williams, who has been involved with the group for 26 years, said old-fashioned traditions like learning to tie knots were still relevant.

He added: “We are still going strong, we’ve picked up members in the last two years and especially the girls.

“If we can get them away from their computers and into the fresh air that’s good - we do lose some of them to football but we don’t mind so much if it is something active.

“Once one comes and likes it they tell all their friends.

“Hopefully we’ll still be going in another 60 years, although I won’t be here, but I am looking forward to the 75th anniversary.”

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