School ‘honoured’ by mini-stadium visit

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SHEFFIELD will be the first city in the UK to stage a pop-up Olympic project inspiring the next generation of young athletes.

The miniature Olympic stadium - which has a 100m circular track - arrives on Monday, June 18, at Newfield Secondary School, Norton Lees.

Hundreds of school pupils from across Sheffield will use it to compete in running, throwing and jumping sports. Music and arts sessions will also take place.

On Thursday, June 21, children will have the chance to meet British wheelchair racer, world champion and Olympic torch bearer Hannah Cockroft.

Funded by England Athletics and the Youth Sport Trust, the PopUpArena project is being run by county sports partnership, South Yorkshire Sport. Stuart Rogers, partnership development officer, said: “Sheffield has been given a unique opportunity in the week before the Olympic torch relay comes to the city, to host this spectacular project, which is the first of a national programme.

“To be selected to put on this Great Athletics Experience is fantastic for the city, but most importantly for our local youngsters, who we hope will be inspired to become the next generation of Olympic athletes.”

Sue Bains, Newfield school headteacher, said the school was ‘honoured’ to launch the event.

She said: “We are looking forward to showcasing the amazing talents of pupils from Newfield and our partner primary schools.”