THE sun was shining on Sutton Lawn on Friday afternoon as families made the most of the last day of the summer holidays with a mini Olympics.
As part of the celebration of sport, youngsters got the opportunity to hold an original 1948 Olympic torch.
The event was the culmination of the Big Lottery funded Fit for Families project which encourages families to work together to improve their fitness and follow a healthy diet.
Families took part in the seven week course over the summer holidays and learned about five key areas, including making sure they take part in physical exercise and eat five fruit and vegetable portions a day.
The course also helped families to increase their knowledge, skills and understanding of the benefits of leading a healthier lifestyle. It also supported them in becoming more physically active together as a family.
In addition, it equipped families with information around government guidelines.
At the mini Olympics, certificates were presented to those who had taken part in the course.
This year, the project drew inspiration from this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Claire Flint, who is Big Lottery Fund Family Learning Development Worker at the council, said: “We had an Olympic theme which was particularly relevant as we prepared for London 2012 and we are delighted that families got the opportunity to hold an original Olympic torch. The mini Olympics enabled parents and children increased access to physical activity opportunities, enabling them to sample the increased sense of not only leading a healthier lifestyle, but also increasing their well-being.”