Festival of sport after torch visit

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HUNDREDS of schoolchildren will mark the arrival of the Olympic torch in Rotherham with a special celebration of sport.

The Rotherham Festival of Sport is happening in Clifton Park on Tuesday, June 26, after the flame makes its way through the borough – including the park – earlier that morning.

The torch is due at Clifton Park at around 9am, and the Festival of Sport will begin at 10am, giving the kids the chance to cheer on the lucky torchbearers before putting their own sporting skills to the test.

The children, aged from five to 16, will take part in a variety of activities throughout the day, including track and field, handball, goal ball, hockey and football.

Coun Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Council, said: “This is a great example of our schools getting involved to promote healthy lifestyles among our young people.

“We’re encouraging all our communities to join in along the torch relay route.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone.”

The Festival of Sport will run until 3pm.