Amber Valley is to host this year's Mini Olympics, which
brings together 32 young people from four European countries to
take part in sporting and cultural activities to coincide with the
London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Eight young people from, Glogów in Poland and from Laholm
in Sweden will join eight students from Amber Valley to take part
in the event, which the three countries traditionally take in turns
to host. This year, through Ripley's twinning association, a group
of eight young people from Chateau Renault in France will also be
The eight-day Mini Olympics is being organised by the
School Sports Partnership in conjunction with Amber Valley Borough
Council. It opens with a welcoming reception on Thursday 28 June,
hosted by The Mayor of Amber Valley, and will include events such
as cycling, archery, orienteering and even a football match themed
on England's Euro 2012 qualifying group.
Youngsters will form multi-nationality teams to take part in
a wide range of sports and other events as part of the Mini
Olympics, which has been running since 2002 and also previously
included young people from Finland and Germany.
The Mini Olympics programme will also take in the
Olympic Torch Relay as it travels through Derbyshire and a visit to
the London Olympic Park.
Local authority officials representing the three areas
will also visit the Borough to learn about its culture and history
and to build business links.
Councillor Chris Short, Cabinet Member for Active and
Healthier Places to Live said: "I am thrilled that we are hosting
such an important event which is designed to build sustainable
friendships across cultures and build business links between our
partners in Europe and to encourage participation in physical
activity -one of the Council's' key priorities. The young people
participating were selected due to their sporting achievements and
leadership qualities and I am sure our students will learn as much
from them, as they will from us, and I extend a warm welcome to
each and every one of them in such an important year for sport and
culture in the UK."
The event will close on Wednesday 4 July.
A timetable of events throughout the visit is available
Notes to editors
Photographers and media are welcome to attend The Mayor's
Reception which will take place at the Hayes Conference Centre in
Swanwick on Thursday 28 June at 7pm. A team building event for the
Mini Olympians will also take place on Tuesday 12 June from 4pm to
5.30pm at Swanwick Sports College on Hayes Lane in Alfreton.
Photographers are welcome to any of the events. Further timings are
available on request. A pre event photograph is available on
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