Otley College hosts ‘Olympics’ event for school kids

Otley sports students organised an ‘Olympics’ inspired sports day for two Primary schools in Ipswich.

The event took place last Thursday at Otley’s main campus based eight miles outside of Ipswich.

The schools involved were Halifax and Sidegate – both based in Ipswich.

Around 100 competitors took part representing four Olympic nations – Brazil, Great Britain, India and Kiribati.

The sports were a variety of current and ‘old school’ Olympic events that included sprints, football, an assault course, archery and a tug of war. The day culminated in a 4x100m relay race.

Sarah Downey, a year six teacher from Sidegate Primary, said: “The day was really fantastic. Whatever the ability of the students, they all achieved something.”

Organiser, Peter Robinson, said: “This was a great day. Otley has been putting on sports days for schools for a few years now and it is a good experience for our students to run an event on this scale.

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“The school students seemed to enjoy themselves. Hopefully they may well end up coming to Otley at some point in the future so this was a great introduction to college life.”

The winning team received an award from David Baynes-Robinson who has been chosen to be a torch bearer for the Olympics.

He is a former Otley employee. David now works for the Ipswich Town Football Academy and has been chosen to be an Olympic torch bearer because of his charity work and services to local sport.

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