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East End pupils get on their marks at Emirates Arena

HUNDREDS of sporty school children donned their trainers to get a taste of this summer's athletics extravaganza.

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  • The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games
    The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games
  • The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games
  • The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games
  • The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games
  • The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games
  • The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games
  • The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games
  • The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games
  • The children competed for medals in the Mini-Commonwealth Games

The pupils, from the East End, competed at local charity FARE'S Mini- Commonwealth Games at the city's Emirates Arena venue.

More than 920 pupils from 26 primary schools took part in the event, aimed an encouraging young Glaswegians to share into the buzz of Glasgow 2014 by competing in sport.

Scottish long jump star Jade Nimmo officially opened the competition alongside Clyde, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games mascot, and Andy Ashcroft, the north east area director for Glasgow Housing Association (GHA).

Young athletes competed in a range of events, including the 60m sprint, long jump, javelin and shot putt.

Now in it's 11th year, the Games, usually called the Mini-Olympics, were renamed this year in honour of Glasgow 2014.

It is one of a range of events designed to create a lasting legacy for the city long after the international athletes have gone home.

The event, which took place as part of Legacy Week, was organised by Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE) in partnership with GHA.

The aim of the day was to bring school pupils from greater Easterhouse together in a fun and safe environment before they move on to secondary school.

The charity hopes to tackle some of the territorial and gangs issues the young people may have.

Jimmy Wilson, FARE services manager, said: "The Mini-Commonwealth Games is a great day out.

"There's always a competitive edge to it, but it's about integrating the young people before they move on to secondary school and making sure they have an enjoyable day regardless of sporting ability.

"The young people are really looking forward to the Games and it's great for them to have the benefit of this magnificent sporting arena on their doorstep - it gave everyone a real buzz."

A total of 90 medals were presented on the day, including prizes for sportsmanship, and all the children who took part received a certificate of participation.

Avenue End Primary won the overall prize, while Garrowhill Primary won the Bob Holman sportsmanship award.

GHA's Andy Ashcroft said: "We always want to encourage young people from our communities to take part in sport and the Mini-Commonwealth Games is a great way of doing that.

"I was really impressed with the enthusiasm of all the children - they were a credit to their schools.

"I'd like to thank the children, teachers and FARE for such a great day.

"I'm really happy to be able to help create a legacy for the Games in the city."

Councillor Archie Graham, executive member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said the "fantastic" event offered Glasgow youngsters the opportunity to participate in sporting activities in a world-class venue.

He added: "It's a great way to kick start our legacy week celebrations."

matty.sutton@eveningtimes.co.uk

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