The 11th annual Inspire+ Mini Olympics took place at the Grantham Athletics Stadium over the 19th, 20th & 21st June. Grantham based sports charity Inspire+ run the Mini Olympics as an end of year celebration for its member schools and this year saw the event grow to a 3 day event. This allowed over 2000 young people to be involved in the games, its biggest to date!

The Mini Olympics saw primary schools from across Grantham, Stamford, Market Deeping, Peterborough, Gainsborough, Lincoln & the surrounding areas take part, either bringing teams from years 2, 3 or 4. For most of these children it is their first time taking part in a large sports event, particularly one where they take part in their own opening and closing ceremony along with up to 14 different Olympic and Paralympic sports.

This year the event was themed ‘A Festival of Sport’ celebrating the Winter Olympics, Hockey World Cup, The Commonwealth Games and the Football World Cup. The charities Ambassadors; Sam Ruddock, Jonathan Broom-Edwards, Sarah Outen MBE, Sophie Allen and Ben Smith were a part of the celebrations along with Lincoln City FC player Ellis Chapman.

Supporting the running of the event is a number of local business sponsors to which Inspire+ are extremely grateful. The charities Sports Leadership Academy students, Young Ambassador and Apprentices play a key part in the setting up and running of the games, without them it would not be possible.

Operations Manager, Chris Graves said after the event: “The Mini Olympics is such a magical event for everyone involved. We hope that the children who take part will be inspired to perhaps try new sports, become more physically active and lead healthy lifestyles. The Mini Olympics is our one mass event of the year and it is great to see all our schools come together after another hugely successful year for Inspire+. We could not run this event without the support of local businesses and the dedication of our team of staff and volunteers. Thank you!”

Inspire+ Staff have set themselves their annual sporting challenge...

 

Over the 3 day period each Inspire+ staff member will be taking to the saddle to help achieve this challenge. Each day will be cycled within a school day (7.5 hours) with each of Inspire+ core schools being visited by the team, this means that schools the length and breadth of Lincolnshire will be visited. Each school will be fundraising to help support the Charity in its work and support we provide schools and you can help support the charity too by donating here... 

Thank you!

From all of us at Inspire+ we would like to wish all our Schools, teachers, parents, pupils and supporters a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

 

Following a hugely successful sports camp held at Barkston Primary school over the Easter holiday’s Inspire+ are delighted to announce they will be holding 3 more days during the summer holidays at Barkston. These will take place on the 24th, 25th & 26th July, 8:30am to 5:30pm. Each day will be fully structured with sports coaching and competition! We hope to see everyone back from Easter plus lots of new faces! Bookings will be open on our website following the May half-term; www.inspireplus.org.uk

 

More than 50 pupils in Year 10 and above at four Grantham schools were given the opportunity to learn key skills, including leadership, communication and applying for jobs at a Business Skills Academy event at the Guildhall on Friday. As well as offering advice and ‘life-skill’ training, the pupils got the opportunity to gain work experience placements with local businesses that were also involved in the event, including BGB Innovation, Specsavers, Viking Signs and South Kesteven District Council, which also sponsored the event.

It is the second year that sports charity Inspire+ has organised the conference. Inspire+ operations manager Chris Graves said: “It is the first Business Skills Academy of its kind in Lincolnshire. We believe the event is important to students, to give them the extra skills needed and life skills on top of their qualifications when going out looking for work. From how to conduct yourself at interview to making your CV stand out, these are all extremely important skills. Local businesses see the importance in the programme for not only supporting the development of young people but promoting the fantastic opportunities for work in Grantham once they have finished their education.”

Pupils from Priory Ruskin Academy, Walton Girls’ High School, West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s and Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School were able to take part in a series of workshops including researching companies for work, interview techniques, CV writing and body language. Following the conference, all the students were given the opportunity to apply for work experience placements at participating businesses.

Chris added: “We wanted to keep it as true to life as possible. The pupils were able to collect forms and send in an application to those businesses that they were interested in. If their applications are successful, they will be invited for an interview and hopefully be offered a work experience placement.” Two pupils who attended the conference last year went on work experience at Specsavers and have now secured part-time jobs at the branch.

SKDC is sponsoring Inspire+ to take the event to other areas of South Kesteven.