Aston Olympians

  • Hundreds of Birmingham youngsters go for gold in three days of action-packed sporting activities
  • 13 primary schools across Titan Partnership schools in Birmingham travelled to Aston University to compete in a range of sports

Hundreds of schoolchildren from across Birmingham descended on Aston University for three days of action-packed sports activities as part of the 14th annual Aston Olympians programme.

390 year five pupils from 13 Titan primary schools in the city travelled to the university campus on the 11th, 12th and 13th June and took part in games of bench ball, water polo and dodgeball amongst others.

The event aims to help young people in Birmingham build their confidence and self-esteem by developing skills such as team-working, leadership, resilience, perseverance and creativity. Volunteers from Hays and Aston University supported the children across the three days. Each day began at 9:00 and ended at 14:30 with a celebration ceremony where the pupils were presented with a certificate by the Aston Villa mascot, Bella.

With Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022, this annual event is extremely well placed to showcase the community spirit and inclusive nature of the city.

The 13 schools involved in the event across the three days include Anglesey Primary School, Bordesley Village Primary School, Brownmead Academy, Chilwell Croft Academy, Cromwell Junior and Infant School, Deykin Avenue Junior and Infant School, Ladypool Primary School, Lozells Primary School, Nansen Primary School, Oasis Academy Woodview, St. Mary’s CofE Primary School, Yew Tree Community School and Waverley School.

Professor Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Aston University, said: “I am delighted that Aston is able to make such a positive contribution to the community through Aston Olympians. It is such an inspiring event that gives children a unique opportunity to develop and grow.”

Carolyn Chapman-Lees, Chief Executive of Titan Partnership, said: “This is an incredibly important annual event for primary schools in the Titan Partnership as it is designed specifically to help our young children develop a wide range of social and professional skills from a young age. They are encouraged to develop a wide range of skills all of which are essential to building a successful and fulfilling life. Titan’s ethos centres on inclusion and equality of opportunity and this event, kindly hosted and delivered by Aston University is the absolute epitome of what we do to support our network.”

Avnish Dhesi, Head Teacher at Lozells Primary School, said: “Our children have been involved in this event for a number of years and every time they return full of confidence and enthusiasm. This is a particularly important event for our children because they can practice the skills they will need for work and life, in a safe and fun environment. Despite some of them coming from severely disadvantaged backgrounds and family circumstances, they embrace such events wholeheartedly, using them to bolster their latent yet sincere aspirations and to imagine a future that may well include a place at university”.