Budding young athletes from across the borough came together for a special festival run by Erewash School Sport Partnership.
Children from Kensington Junior, Shardlow Primary, Scargill Primary, Sawley Junior, Dallimore Primary, Mapperley Primary, Hallam Fields Junior, Stanley St Andrew, Ladywood Primary and Chaucer Junior took part in the Quad Kids event at Rutland Sports Park in Ilkeston.
They all had a go at events including running, soft javelin and standing long jump and one of the aims of the festival was to enthuse the children about the upcoming World Championships in London this summer.
Harley Rose, 10, said he enjoyed being part of the festival.
He said: “It was really good. I liked the standing long jump and managed to jump quite far. We just had to stand on the blue line and jump. It was nice being with my friends and trying different things and being there with other schools too.”
Gabriella Guadagni, 10, said: “I enjoyed it. For my first few jumps in the standing long jump I didn’t make it into the sandpit but I did it in the end. It was good fun and different to what we would normally do in school.”
Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership Development manager, said it was great to see so many children trying the different athletics disciplines.
She said: “With London hosting the World Championships this summer this is a fantastic opportunity to inspire even more children across Erewash to be active.
“Hopefully by trying a range of different athletics disciplines they left us feeling excited and enthusiastic about sport.
“The weather was fantastic and it was great to see so many smiling faces and everyone just giving it a go.
“The children clearly enjoyed themselves and hopefully their teachers will go away with some ideas for activities that they can run in their own schools. We would like to thank everyone who came along, took part and supported the festival.”
Sports leaders from Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy helped to run the event along with leaders from ESSP.

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