Sheffield International Venues launches search for next gereration of Olympians

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A campaign to launch the next generation of Olympic athletes is to be launched at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport tomorrow.

At an Olympic fun day for young sporting enthusiasts across the region, Sheffield International Venues will invite youngsters aged between five and 16 years old to showcase their skills by submitting a two-minute video of them taking part in their favourite sport.

A winner will be selected for 12 different sports and each will be awarded a year’s free coaching for their chosen sport at one of SIV’s facilities across Sheffield, as well as receiving a gold medal in a special ceremony in September.

Sports included in the campaign are athletics, diving, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, golf, basketball, netball, football, judo, taekwondo and boxing and the winners will be picked by a judges panel of top sport personalities.

Silver and bronze medals will also be awarded for each sport. Silver medallists scooping a free six-week block of coaching and bronze medallists a free SIV day pass.

The day has been organised to celebrate the start of the Olympics, with free taster sessions including athletics, table tennis, basketball, netball, martial arts and gymnastics. The event, aimed at the whole family, will also include Zumba sessions, a bouncy castle, face painting, as well as Brazilian-themed music and food.

Guests will be able to pick up a special Olympic passport at reception on arrival and tick off the sports they have tried, and by handing these in at reception on their way out can be in with the chance of winning a free skate at iceSheffield.

* The event is tomorrow, Saturday, August 6, at the English Institute of Sport - Sheffield, Coleridge Rd, Sheffield. To attend please pre-register at www.siv.org.uk/forms/olympicsday<http://www.siv.org.uk/forms/olympicsday> or for more information call (0114) 223 5600.

Or you can just turn up on the day.