Sporty pupils to stage Mini Olympics in Barking and Dagenham

Sporty students are working to stage a Mini Olympics at an official Games training venue to boost sports participation among primary schoolchildren.

Karate champion Shaun Anderson, 15, footballer Morgan Smith, 15, and middle-distance runner Lauren Allwood, 15, are among five Warren School pupils organising the “legacy” project set to involve 10 primary schools.

The Chadwell Heath students are today appealing for volunteers and sponsors to help them run the Mini Olympics at their comprehensive or Mayesbrook Park in Dagenham, which was a 2012 training venue for athletes during the London Games.

Shaun, a karate black belt who was British champion in 2008, said: “The Olympic legacy is aimed more at our age group, so we thought we could try to give some inspiration to the younger generation.”

Lauren said: “I’ve always liked sports. I’ve competed in outdoor and indoor athletics.

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“The Mini Olympics are a great inspiration. Hopefully, they will find a passion for sport.”

Two boys and two girls from each school would take part in the one-day Games set to be held next spring.

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The Mini Olympics would feature athletics including 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and long jump events, as well as informal coaching sessions in badminton and table tennis.

Shaun is currently trying to invite former world swimming champion Mark Foster so that he can launch the event for pupils aged 10 and 11.

The Mini Olympics would form part of the students’ sports and active leisure diploma equivalent to seven GCSEs.

Their PE teacher Mo Jafar, 26, said: “They have only been working on the project for two to three weeks.

“The way they have conducted themselves shows their work ethic and enthusiasm.

“This shows Great Britain and the Olympic movement got through to young people.”

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