SOME 1,000 children will be taking part in this year’s school Olympics in Nijar.
Organised by the local council in collaboration with the Club Atalayas del Levante, the six days of events kick off on January 28.
Between the end of this month and May there will be competitions in basketball, handball, volleyball, indoor football, hockey, athletics, swimming, petanca, badminton, paddle tennis, table tennis, and for the first time, seven-aside football
Speaking at a presentation of the details this week, Nijar Mayor Esperanza Perez stressed a number of the municipal sports facilities acting as venues have undergone updates. She specifically mentioned the installation of artificial turf at the Campohermoso and Nijar town football grounds.
Perez said the school Olympics served to develop the practice of sport and social cohesion, describing it as “days of getting together and getting to know children from other areas.”
She also said it gave youngsters the chance to work out which sports they enjoy the most.
Running parallel to the sports competitions, this year there is also a drawing competition for pupils to come up with a design for an event mascot.