Over 800 pupils from ISA schools made their own Olympic memories this weekend. when they took part in the ISA Festival of Sport.
The Festival, which was planned as a mini Olympics for independent schools, drew entries from 32 schools from all corners of the country. Pupils from schools across the UK competed in a range of events from athletics and swimming to hockey and basketball.
The games were held at The University of Nottingham, and culminated with an athletics competition and closing ceremony at The Saffron Lane Stadium in Leicester.
The ISA Festival of Sport opened on Friday 29 June, with a spectacular parade of school teams and banners, at the University of Nottingham Sports Centre.
The event was run by The Independent Schools Association, which represents over 300 schools in the UK. The aim was to give as many pupils as possible the opportunity to experience their own Olympics, and organisers said that the event did just that.
Gwilym Price, ISA’s Director of Sport said:
“2012 is an incredible year for British sport, and what better way to mark it than by giving all of these children the chance to take part in their own Olympics.
“The Festival of Sport is the largest sporting event we have ever undertaken, and has been the perfect way to celebrate the lead up to the 2012 Games. As ever we have seen some outstanding performances in all events, and have been struck by the levels of sportsmanship and commitment shown by our pupils.”
“We know that each of the 800 young people who took part will take away their own Olympic memories, which will stay with them for a very long time.”
Roger Brierly, Chair of ISA’s Sports Committee said:
“When London was selected to host the Olympic Games we started to plan for an event which would give hundreds of pupils from up and down the country their own Olympic memories. The Festival of Sport has done just that – and has been a unique celebration of enjoyable sport and Olympic values.”