We are about to experience our first ever school holidays (and my first time looking after 2 children all day every day for 8 weeks until Pip starts school in September). I’m launching today a new series – posts about ideas and things to do in the school holidays. This time round, I’m not at my day job as I’m still on maternity leave, so this summer, the series will be about things to do as one off days to entertain with your child(ren). Some will be local to me, some London centric but others are available nation wide, and I’m trying to include a mix of different price points.
First up: Get inspired by the Olympics and take up a new sport
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games start on 5 August and will provide plenty of inspiration to look into trying out a new sport. One of the most compelling athletics events is the Heptathlon which is a track and field combined event, consisting of seven elements, taking place over two days; with the first four contested on day one, and the remaining three on day two. Each competitor takes part in the 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Shotput, 200m, Long Jump, Javelin throw and 800m.
British athlete Denise Lewis was originally inspired by the Olympics when she was a child:
I watched the Olympics in 1980 and just loved it. I didn’t know something like that existed, I was riveted, I watched all of it during the summer holidays, and I just wanted to be an athlete!
Denise then started specialising in the Heptathlon, going on to win gold in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Throughout July and August, Weetabix are running a ‘Summer of Sport’ Campaign and every pack purchased gives you the chance to receive a free or 2-4- 1 Sports session plus the chance to win a money can’t buy prize. Top rewards consist of sporting experiences with athletes, including Denise Lewis, and other rewards such as team kits and biking sets.
All you have to do is enter the code from a box of Weetabix at www.weetabixsport.co.uk and then enter your postcode to find your nearest sporting options.
The idea of the campaign is to give people a chance to try a new sport that they may not have had a chance to try. The campaign was launched by Denise Lewis who tried out cricket: