Startrack at Spenborough

Starttrack scheme for young athletes with members of Spenbrough Athletics Club at the Princess Mary Stadium. Rosa Mckie has a go at the high jump. (d08081194)
Starttrack scheme for young athletes with members of Spenbrough Athletics Club at the Princess Mary Stadium. Rosa Mckie has a go at the high jump. (d08081194)
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A SUMMER holiday scheme which aims to give young people a taste of athletics has been held at Princess Mary Stadium this week.

Coaches from Spenborough Athletics Club gave up their time to pass on tips and skills in track and field events as part of the nationwide Startrack scheme, sponsored by Aviva.

On Monday, the first day of the scheme at Princess Mary, around 80 young people turned up to take part. The fun continued on Tuesday and Wednesday. Among the sports on offer were field events such as discus, hammer and shot putt as well as long jump and high jump. Later in the week the youngsters were aiming to try the track events, sprinting, distance running, hurdling and the steeple chase.

The scheme has been running at Spenborough over a number of years and young people are returning from year to year and bringing their friends to ensure the event goes from strength to strength.

With the Olympics looming next year the nationwide scheme aims to unearth athletic talent for future generations.

This year World Champion heptathlete and Olympic hopeful Jessica Ennis, has given her support to the Startrack Scheme, which she attended as a youngster in Sheffield. She has been travelling around the country with a Starttrack roadshow and called in at Thornes Park, Wakefield.

Rosa McKie has a go at the high jump at the Startrack Scheme at Princess Mary Stadium. (d08081194)

Pictures: Jake Oakley