VIDEO - Rugby World Cup used as theme for games

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Twenty primary schools from the Sleaford district, including Caythorpe, Billingborough and Cranwell took part in the area’s seventh Mini Olympics festival.

Held for the third time at Eslaforde Park, the home of Sleaford Town FC, the event saw seven and eight-year-olds from the schools sample a variety of sports, some familiar, some less so, in a non-competitive spirit, rotating every few minutes.

Warrior dance. Metheringham and Navenby School children learn to do a traditional New Zealand hakka. EMN-150307-152352001

Warrior dance. Metheringham and Navenby School children learn to do a traditional New Zealand hakka. EMN-150307-152352001

The day began with an Olympic style opening ceremony, with a procession by all the school teams (limited to 12 pupils from each school) holding banners and flags each depicting a nation represented in this year’s Rugby Union World Cup, being hosted by England this summer. The games were also started and rounded off with performances by Carre’s vocal and guitar duo Josh Seabrook and Jamie Chatterton and the event ended with a New Zealand style ‘Hakka’ dance by all the children.

Director of Community Sport Facilities at Carre’s Grammar School, Andy Allen, led the organisation of the school games. He said there was a particular focus on rugby this year, with several activities based on the game.

He said: “It is about getting involved and enjoying the experience.”

There were also 75 young leaders helping from Carre’s, Kesteven and Sleaford High School and Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn.

Disabled athlete Thomas Talbot and young triathlete Chris Davies talk to children about how to get into sport. EMN-150307-152402001

Disabled athlete Thomas Talbot and young triathlete Chris Davies talk to children about how to get into sport. EMN-150307-152402001

The boys and girls also drew posed questions for two up-and-coming sports stars - Chris Davies, from Ruskington, a GB junior triathlete, and Thomas Talbot, of Metheringham, who holds the 100m, 200m and 400m national sprint records for under 12 boys with cerebral palsy, on his racerunner bike.

Caythorpe School pupils and their rugby mascots. EMN-150307-152618001

Caythorpe School pupils and their rugby mascots. EMN-150307-152618001