Jade Nimmo is one of the athlete mentors working on the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014, and here she blogs about another event she was part of recently, in the run oup to the Commonwealth Games
“From the minute I walked into the Emirates arena I knew that the kids would just fill the stands with excitement. I could even see the excitement on their faces and it gave me goosebumps as it brought back lots of good memories from starting out in sport from as young as them at primary school through to high school experiences of being on the school basketball team to athletics for sports day.
When they all gathered at the side of the track for their parade round with last years’ winners at the front in yellow bibs the noise was just incredible. In total 970 kids well 971 including me! The kids were all doing something they were interested in and were very well behaved. They kept the kids entertained all day and dancing getting everyone involved. They were extremely enthusiastic and were all great role models.
The chance to have a venue like this the year if the games I hard to come by! All schools were proud and all smiling and dancing in the stands between events. The kids were having a great time and this was a special event and wished they done this when I was at school.
Each school had a turn at each different athletics event, from shot putt to the 200m sprint. Some were scoring and some non scoring events and I spotted a few talented kids in the sprints and jumping events. Watching them smile while running round the full 200m track…. I have no doubt that there will be a few great athletes that develop from this programme but mostly just well rounded people and it was a absolute pleasure to be asked to officially open the games and meet some real characters that make Fare a real inspirational trust. I have already asked to come along again next year to help out because I loved it so much.”
The event was organised by charity FARE