Summer 2021 update from the organising Committee
Saddleworth Village Olympics back after a forced COVID break
As we start to look forward to a potential easing of the final COVID restrictions and more of the population become vaccinated, the Saddleworth Village Olympics Committee and its dedicated bunch of volunteers are starting to plan for a return to competition in September. Parents and children alike have really missed the annual Village Olympics where school children from all the Saddleworth Villages compete for the honour of the village they live in or go to school in, with Uppermill triumphing in the juniors and Greenfield in the seniors at the last Village Olympics back in 2019.
This year sees the welcome addition of Lees to the Saddleworth Village Olympics movement as part of the Scouthead, Austerlands and Springhead group of villages to form SASL. Saddleworth Village Olympics Chairman, Adrian Green commented, ‘It’s great to see the Village Olympics evolve and include more children and more parents and carers, the only problem we have is trying to fit in the growing list of sports.’
The Village Olympics was due to celebrate its 35th games last year, so getting back to competition this year will be extra special for all involved. Whilst it’s not yet clear if any restrictions on participation, sports or supporters will be required to protect everyone, every effort is being made for a return to a full programme of events starting from the 11th September and running through to the 26th.
Do keep your eyes peeled at school for your Village Olympics representatives and if you don’t see anything by the mid July, go to saddleworthvillageolympics.co.uk to get information and contact details for your village so you can get your children registered for training.
The Village Olympics only happen because of the support of Parents and Carers, and the committee is in desperate need of new volunteers to carry the movement forward for years to come, so don’t be shy!
Check out the YouTube video to see what it’s all about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvsdHnlTGa4
Set our below is some information you might find useful to help you get the most out of this year’s Olympics:
Event Venue’s – Our main venue is Saddleworth School with events also taking place at Churchill Playing Fields, Saddleworth Pool, Tame Valley Tennis & Squash Club, Saddleworth Rangers and Uppermill Sports Club.
Event information – You will find all the information you need before, during and after the event on this website, including event schedules, locations, competition rules, up to date results. For day to day information you will be able to access those via the Village social media.
Age Groups & Team Qualification – The Olympics are open to all the young people of Saddleworth between the ages of seven and sixteen. (Years 3 to 12 during the games).
Spirit of the Olympics - The games are really about participating and having fun. It’s good to win but it’s not the be all and end all. Please join in the spirit and remember that the event organiser, coaches, the referees and the other volunteers are doing their best. If you think someone’s got a decision wrong and it costs your child or team, please just bite you lip and give them the benefit of the doubt.
Thank You - We wouldn’t be here today without the support and dedication of a list of people and voluntary organisations that is too long to mention. This starts with the organising team, the village team managers and coaches, the local sports clubs, Oldham Sports Development helping out with coaching and refereeing at events, and the local charities and business that provide much needed support. There are many others and if you are reading this you will know who you are and how much we appreciate your contribution. The games would not happen without you.
Big thank you to 20-20 for joining our proud sponsor initiative. If other local businesses would like to get involved then please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Isobel and everyone else involved in the Graham Hill Trophy, crown green bowling competition at Dobcross Band Club on Sunday 21st July 2019. A sportsman's dinner earlier in the year in honour of Graham (a former bowler in the Saddleworth league) and staunch supporter of the
Olympics, helped to raise £1,500.
Would you like to get involved? - If so, please have a word with any member of the committee, they are easy to spot, they will be those wearing blue SVO t-shirts at all the events.
And finally … on behalf of the organising committee we hope you all have a great time. Let’s hope the rain stays away.