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Olympic sports event to be held in Deeside on day of torch relay

SCHOOLCHILDREN from across Flintshire will be taking part in a multi-sports heritage event at Deeside Leisure Centre on Tuesday.

Organised by Sport Flintshire in partnership with local sports clubs and Deeside Leisure Centre staff, the event for children aged seven-12 will be held between 3pm and 5pm and will be a celebration of London 2012.

It will offer children the chance to experience a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports including volleyball, basketball, wheelchair basketball, archery, football, street rugby, tae kwon-do, gymnastics, and land-based triathlon.

Cllr Ann Minshull, chairman of Flintshire County Council said: “I am delighted that the Olympic Torch Relay is visiting some of our local communities providing local people with a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame.

“The Olympic Games have been a source of inspiration for athletes for over a hundred years. Many of the sports on show at the schools heritage event are offered by Flintshire sports clubs and I hope that these sports serve to inspire the children through the power of the Olympic Games to continue to enjoy sport throughout their lives.”

Matt Hayes, sports development officer, added: “We are all looking forward to this exciting event and helping the children to learn more about the fantastic range of Olympic sports available.

“This event takes place at the same time as the Olympic Flame is carried through Connah’s Quay, Shotton and Queensferry and there may be traffic delays after the event finishes. Supervisory arrangements are in place for the children until they are picked up by their parents or guardians.”