Holly’s Sports Day – 13th July 2011
Sports Day is a somewhat grand title although the children at Holly’s Nursery clearly seemed to enjoy themselves during the proceedings.
I had instructions that I had to attend and thus found myself on a Wednesday morning sitting in the front row of chairs reserved for parents and grandparents awaiting the arrival of a large number of small children.
There were four ‘events’ in the Sports Day. These were The Balance, The Hoop, The Sprint and The Zigzag. All of the children were split into groups of around 6 and took on one event at a time.
Holly’s first event was The Sprint. This involved running for around 8 metres, circling a cone and running back to the start.
The second event on Holly’s schedule was The Balance. The Balance involved nimble manual dexterity and required the conveying of a tennis racquet topped with a flat object resembling a pancake. Again, this was taken along the same 8 metre route and back.
Holly’s third event was The Hoop. In many ways, The Hoop was similar to The Sprint, the only difference being that at the halfway point each contender had to lift a large hoop over themselves before running back to the start.
The final event, unsurprisingly, was The Zigzag. This demanding finale involved running again but this time with the extra hazard of navigating around cones on both the outward and return legs.
As far as I could tell there were no overall winners in the programme which lasted around 10 minutes in total. Following the completion, every child was presented with a certificate.
It was an entertaining, if a little short, glimpse of the sporting prowess of those involved and Holly seemed to enjoy herself as much as the proud onlookers admiring their respective children did.