Sports fans and competitors will have plenty to keep them busy this summer with a variety of events taking place which will allow local young sports stars to practise their skills in time for 2012.
The UK School Games will be coming to Coventry from 23rd-26th August 2007 and will be hosted by the University of Warwick. The Games are a major sporting event and will bring over 1500 competitors, friends, families and supporters to the region.
The Games are considered a showcase for future 2012 athletes but there are plenty of other opportunities for young sports fans to compete at the University before then.
Primary school pupils from across the city will come together for a BIG Sports Challenge Day at the University on Wednesday 27th June.
Pupils from 8 local schools will be practising their skills in long jump, running, javelin and pentathlon before the big competition in the afternoon. The Big Sports Day Challenge will take place from 9:30am – 3:30pm at the Westwood Campus. A presentation ceremony will take place at the end of the day and prizes will be awarded to the pupils. Warwick Volunteers have been working with Coventry Horizon and Coventry LEA to organise this event and all of the volunteers from both Universities will help to run the day by acting as coaches and time keepers.
As well as the BIG Sports Day Challenge, a second sports event will be taking place on campus on 27th June - a Cricket Tournament. Students from the Mens Cricket Society have been coaching pupils at several local schools and now they will have the chance to put their new techniques to the test on the cricket pitch. The tournament, organised by the Mens Cricket Society will take place at Cryfield pitches between 12:30pm-3:30pm.
These sporting events will give staff, students and the local community a taste of things to come before the UK School Games in August.