The annual 13th inspire+ Mini Olympics was not going to be beaten by lockdown and went virtual to give local primary school children a flavour of the experience of the games!

The games would usually take place over 3 days to 2500 young people. This year the videos went live on the 16th June and set out a day to simulate the real thing!

Children in schools and at home took part in videos of sporting activities from a range of Olympic & Paralympic sports along with performances and messages from the charity’s ambassadors.

The charity was blown away by the response from schools and families taking part to a far greater reach than 2500!

  • The videos on YouTube (inspire+) had 11,000 impressions throughout the day!
  • There was a total of 56 hours watched from the videos. 12 of these hours were done on learning and performing the mass dance!
  • Twitter posts (@inspire_plus) throughout the day made over 7100 impressions!
  • The inspire+ website saw an increase of 306% in users to the site for the day!

The virtual day was opening by leader of SKDC Council, Cllr Kelham Cooke. Along with a group of the charities secondary school volunteers.

Operations Manager for inspire+, Chris Graves said; we have been blown away with how poplar and successful the virtual event has been. We wanted to provide an alternative service seeing as we could not do the real thing but never thought this amount of people would take part! Hopefully for 2021 we can be back to seeing everyone in person and rest assured the 2021 Mini Olympics will go with a bang!

The charity would like to thank SKDC, The Rotary Club of Grantham Swimarathon and Nettl of Newark & Grantham for sponsoring the event. Along with everyone who helped making a video as part of the event.

All of the videos are still available through the charity’s website: