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WolvOlympics torch relay visiting 92 schools across city

The 'Olympic Torch' is visiting 92 schools across Wolverhampton over the coming weeks ahead of the city's own Olympic Games.


The WolvOlympics is being organised by the ConnectEd Partnership and follows the success of the Community Games, held in 2022 to mark the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham.


An opening ceremony was held last month at indoor skatepark Just Ramps, in recognition that skateboarding will be contested for the first time at this year's Olympic Games in Paris. Pupils from Palmers Cross Primary, the first school to receive the torch, were invited along to watch a demonstration by professional skateboarders and breakdancers - another new Olympic sport - and then got the chance to have a go themselves.


They then took the torch back to their school before it began to make its way to 91 other schools across the city. Once its journey is complete, ConnectEd will be offering two weeks of sports and activities to all ages across the city as part of the WolvOlympics.


Sam Perks from ConnectED said: "Here at ConnectEd Partnership, we are very excited to be embarking on another journey around the city; visiting our schools and taking part in the celebrations they have planned. “It is so important to bring schools together to highlight how sport and physical activity can positively impact our health and well-being, not just physically, but mentally too.”


Bal Kaur, Consultant in Public Health with the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "Regular physical activity is really important for children and young people.

“It can improve their heart health, build strong bones and muscles, control weight and help lift their mood, and pupils across Wolverhampton are being invited to take part in a summer of sport – and celebrate the Paris Olympic Games – with their very own WolvOlympics."


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