Hundreds more Birmingham schoolchildren get active at Aston University

  • Annual city sports event expanded to four days
  • Sixteen primary schools from the Titan Partnership network travelled to Aston University to compete
  • Event aims to help children develop skills such as teamwork and leadership.

 

More local schoolchildren than ever took part in this year’s annual sports event at Aston University.

Titan Aston Olympians was run over four days and almost 500 Year 5 pupils took part.

The annual event started in 2006 after London was announced as the host for the 2012 Olympic Games. It’s jointly organised and run by Aston University and education charity the Titan Partnership.

This year the sports activities were opened up to 100 more schoolchildren and held across four rather than the previous three days, between 6-14 June.

Held at the Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre at Aston University it is designed to get inner-city Year 5 children active and introduce them to the university campus on their doorstep.

So far more than 4,000 children have taken part, some of whom have gone on to study at Aston University.

The children were given the opportunity to take part in activities they don’t normally get to do such as a gym challenge, dodgeball, water polo, basketball and football.

Peter Connelly, director of sport at Sport Aston said: “Aston Olympians has now been running for 17 years and it’s going from strength to strength.

“It’s important for Aston University to be able to contribute to our local communities, to introduce children to universities and give them a fun, active opportunity to develop and grow.”

The 16 schools involved were Anglesey Primary School, Bordesley Village Primary School, Brownmead Primary Academy, Chilwell Croft Academy, Cromwell J&I School, Firs Primary School, Gossey Lane Academy, King Solomon International Business School, Ladypool Primary School, Lozells Primary School, Manor Park Academy, Nechells E-Act Primary Academy, St Matthew’s CofE Primary School, Topcliffe School, Washwood Heath Academy and Yew Tree Community School.

The event was held with support from students from Aston Manor Academy and staff from Hays, Wesleyan, Bruntwood, First Class Foundation and REPL Group who volunteered to help run the four days.

Sheila Sturgeon, CEO of Titan Partnership, said: “We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of Aston University and Wesleyan, and for all the organisations who provided volunteers for this year’s event.

“Titan Aston Olympians continues to provide primary pupils from some of Birmingham’s most deprived wards the opportunity to take part in a fun day of sport and get an aspirational glimpse at university life. We are incredibly proud of this event and look forward to providing this opportunity to even more young people in 2024!”

 

About the Titan Partnership

Titan Partnership is a dynamic and innovative education charity and member network based in and working for Birmingham. Titan supports schools, develops staff, and inspires students by providing a range of programmes and opportunities focusing on personal development, careers and skills and raising aspirations.

Working with employers and key partners across the city, Titan continues to transform the lives of Birmingham’s children and young people, and Titan’s teacher training programmes ensure that we can provide schools with the next generation of outstanding teachers and leaders.

For further information please visit www.titan.org.uk

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