Kids set for Inspiring Mansfield grand finale

The Inspiring Mansfield Semi-Finals are well underway with the winners of each of the tri-athletics challenges getting ready to compete at the grand finale event on Wednesday at Berry Hill Park.

Primary school children from across the District have been competing to see who can run the fastest, throw and jump the furthest. Winners from each of the primary schools then went through to compete at their local secondary school in the semi-final events.

The Inspiring Mansfield community event started in primary schools in February and has been awarded the Inspire 2012 Mark.

The Inspiring Mansfield finale event takes place between 6 and 9pm and will include an opening parade where children from each of the schools across the District will carry their school’s own Inspiring Mansfield Torch. There will be a sports village, which will be made up of local sports clubs offering various have a go games and activities along with details of how to join, for those who have been inspired to get into sport by the summer games. There will also be a climbing wall, inflatable football, Mansfield Town Football in the Community and BMX bikes.

The event is free to attend and open to all.

Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton said: “The Inspiring Mansfield events will capture the excitement of the Olympics and bring together the community to celebrate a truly historic occasion. Mansfield has produced its own world class athletes and we hope these events will inspire the next generation to get involved in sports and aspire to become the next Rebecca Adlington and Sam Hynd.

“As part of the project every primary school in the District has been given their own Inspiring Mansfield torch. Although Mansfield will see the official torch as it makes its way to London, very few people will have the opportunity to actually hold it. Seeing the official torch will inspire people, being able to hold an Inspiring Mansfield torch will fire the imagination.”

Inspiring Mansfield has been organised by Mansfield District Council, the Mansfield Area Strategic Partnership, Nottinghamshire County Council, Vision West Notts, Sport Nottinghamshire and all schools within the District.