Mini Olympics for Havant youngsters

Cllr Jackie Branson
Cllr Jackie Branson
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WHILE the world’s top athletes converge on London next year, a town’s schoolchildren will be having their own mini Olympics.

The Rotary Club of Havant is putting on a huge event at the Mountbatten Centre, in Portsmouth, for thousands of pupils from across Havant.

The Havant Children’s Olympics will be held the month before the official Games and Havant Borough Council has agreed to support the games.

Speaking at Havant’s last full council meeting, Councillor Faith Ponsonby, who is also a member of Rotary, said sports clubs from across the borough have been asked to help run and judge the event while they hope that Mars will provide sponsorship of several thousands of pounds for the event.

Cllr Jackie Branson said: ‘We have got a lot going on during the Olympics but this could be something very, very special.’

A week of activities will be held during the last week of June culminating in the finals for the primary schools and senior schools held over two days.

Volunteers will be needed to help marshal the event and to provide transport from Havant to Portsmouth.

Councillor Andy Lenaghan, who is in charge of culture and community at Havant, said: ‘I know this will receive the council’s full-hearted support.’

An Olympic torch has been making its way around schools in Havant for the past year.