Bolton welcomes region's young Olympians 


Bolton is set to welcome the region’s sports stars of tomorrow, as it hosts the 2009 Greater Manchester Mini Games.

The annual event is a major date in the sporting calendar, and teams from six boroughs will compete in nine events on Friday July 3, from 10am until 2pm. All the action will take place at two venues – Bolton Arena and St Joseph’s RC High School and Specialist Sports College.

The arena will host gymnastics, mini tennis, tag rugby league, girl's football, sports hall athletics and boccia – a sport similar to bowls, designed for athletes who require a wheelchair because of physical disability.

Meanwhile, participants at St Joseph’s will be playing netball, basketball and hockey. Spectators are welcome at both arenas to cheer on the town’s Olympians of the future.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “As well as being a really fun day for the children involved, the Greater Manchester Mini Games highlights the importance of staying active and participating in sports.”

“I would like to wish all of the contestants the best of luck, and of course hope that Bolton’s teams do best of all.”

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