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On Thursday 7th May while the majority of the country where interested in the general election, Oakhill college would be transformed into a zoo whilst 120 Ribble valley school children from 12 different schools would be competing in the first Hyndburn & Ribble Valley School Sports Partnership Animal Olympic event.

Schools would compete in a range of activities with an animal themed name given to each one. There was Monkey madness (Agility Course), Hungry Hippos (throwing to a target), ostrich egg (pass a rugby ball over/under), Slithering snakes (slalom course with a hockey stick and ball), Skippy the bush kangaroo (skipping), busy bees (shuttle runs while balancing a tennis ball), Bunny Bounce (speed bounce) and Animal Rescue (obstacle course). There was also a chance for the participants to have a break with rest stations included.

Children would have a practice rotation to learn the skills required to complete the activities then they would have a scoring rotation in which points would be earned for each child that completed the activity (except on hungry hippos which was scored as a point per bean bag landed in the hoop). The scores from all the activities would then be added together to give them an overall score with the highest score becoming kings and queens of the jungle in the first animal Olympics. The top 3 looked like this:-

  1. Salesbury
  2. Grindleton
  3. Clitheroe St James

A big well done to everyone who took part it was a fantastic event and it was great to see so many key stage 1 pupils taking part in sporting activities and hopefully they have been inspired to take part in future sport events.

A big thank you to Oakhill College who allowed the event to take place on their facilities and also provided 15 year 9 leaders who demonstrated the activities to the children, guided them through each station and scored the stations when required.