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Stoke Newington youngsters revive spirit of the Olympics

PUBLISHED: 13:11 14 December 2013

Pictured is mum Eva Stone and Maya Stone, 5, completing an Olympic style assault course at William Patten School,

Pictured is mum Eva Stone and Maya Stone, 5, completing an Olympic style assault course at William Patten School,

Dieter Perry

The spirit of the Olympics was revived in Stoke Newington when more than 400 children took part in an assault course.

Youngsters from William Patten Primary School in Dynevor Road and their families took part in the mini-Olympics event a fortnight ago.

The course incorporated elements of gymnastic skills such as balancing along beams, long jump, sprinting and climbing rope ladders in the playground.

Assistant headteacher Craig Porteous said: “The first time we did this event was in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics. We wanted to do a sporting activity that used the new playground.

“We had an overwhelming response. We were delighted by the number of parents and carers who wanted to participate with their children. It gives the opportunity for children to see their parents as positive role models by becoming involved with them during sporting activities.

“More than 30 families took part in the family events over the two days. We feel really lucky as a school to have parents and carers who are willing to support their children in the school in making events like this possible. All the children will receive a medal for participating.”


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