Local Schools go for Olympics Gold

Dudley College sports department is celebrating its work with schools from across the borough by hosting a Mini Olympics at Dudley Leisure Centre on Thursday 26 January. The event will involve over 90 children from local primary schools who will compete in teams to win their own Olympic medals.Torchbearer Ross Ensor with children from local schools

The college already has a special link to the Olympics, with one of its star students, Ross Ensor, nominated to carry the Olympic Torch. Ross, along with a number of his fellow students, will be using all the coaching and organising skills learnt at the college to make the event both memorable and fun for the primary school children.

The schools involved are Bramford, Brickhouse, Oakham, Milking Bank, St Joseph's, Rowley Hall, Alder Coppice, Cotwall End and The Glynne Primary School. Each school will represent a country involved in the forthcoming Olympics with the young athletes competing in fun events including balance beam, foam javelin, agility challenge, shot putt, throw and catch challenge and Standing long jump.

The event will be launched by Lowell Williams, Principal of Dudley College, who said, "What a wonderful event for our students and the schools they've been working with to be involved in. 2012 is going to be all about the Olympics, and our mini event will give everyone taking part the opportunity to compete and have some fun.
"We know that by getting our sports students involved in community events, they are able to put their skills into practice and get the real experience employers in the sport and fitness industry are looking for. Good luck to everyone!"

The opening ceremony to the mini Olympics will also include a dance performed by students from the College performing arts courses. A special 'look-alike' Olympic Torch has been made by the college's engineering department to help make the event realistic for the children when they parade at the opening ceremony.