240 children crowned 12th cohort of Aston Olympians

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14 June 2017

  • Birmingham youngsters go for gold in two days of action-packed sporting activities
  • Eight primary schools across Titan Partnership schools in Birmingham travel to Aston University to compete in a range of sports

Hundreds of schoolchildren descended on Aston University for two days of action-packed sports activities thanks to the 12th annual Aston Olympians programme.

240 children from eight Titan primary schools across North West Birmingham travelled to the Aston University campus to take part in fun games including benchball, football, water polo, dodgeball and The Gym Challenge.

The mission of Aston Olympians is to help Birmingham youngsters build their confidence and self-esteem by developing skills such as teamworking, leadership, resilience, perseverance and creativity.

A huge number of people have been involved in the Aston Olympians programme in the 12 years it has been running, including 1st year degree student Yahye Dirr who is now studying Industrial Product Design at Aston University and has a sports scholarship – competing in 800 metre races at university level. Yahye took part in Aston Olympians while at Aston Tower Primary school, and still has his t-shirt from the event!

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Yahye Dirir, a first year Industrial Product Design student, went to Aston Olympians as a young child... and still has his t-shirt from the event

On Tuesday 6 June the schools involved were Anglesey Primary School, Greenholm Primary School, Chilwell Croft Primary school and Birchfield Primary School. The following day, a further four took part: Mansfield Green Primary School, Deykin Primary School, Aston Tower Primary School and Thornton Primary School.

Professor Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Aston University, said: “I am delighted that Aston has been 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, and I look forward to seeing many more on campus in the years to come.”

Carolyn Chapman-Lees, Chief Executive at 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 their team working and leadership skills as well as effective communication, resilience and perseverance, all skills essential to a successful and fulfilling personal and professional 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.”

Sue Hughes, Head Teacher at Anglesey Primary School, said: “Aston Olympians has been a major part of our curriculum for many years because it adds such a breadth and depth of learning and skills development for our children. It is such an inclusive event that encourages and inspires even our quietest children, and most importantly helps them to develop a broad range of important life skills. They always return so enthused and with a new level of confidence and motivation. Thank you to Titan and Aston University for continuing to fund and deliver this outstanding event.


Notes to the editor

About Titan Partnership

  • The Titan Partnership is a unique cross-phase network of Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools, FE Colleges, Private Training Providers and Universities in Birmingham. Working with employers and community partners we are transforming the lives of children and young people by unlocking potential, raising aspiration and developing the skills for success.
  • With a focus on inclusion, equality of opportunity, skills, employability and careers we are helping our young people to create opportunity, gain meaningful and sustainable employment and to generate prosperity for themselves, for local employers and for their communities.

About Aston University

  • Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has been always been a force for change. For more than 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. Aston is renowned for its opportunity enabler through broad access and inspiring academics, providing education that is applied and has real impact on all areas of society, business and industry. True to Aston’s Coat of Arms which bears the word ‘Forward’, in 2016 Aston recently held a year-long anniversary celebration to recognise its heritage and achievements, but with a focus to drive forward the next stage in the University’s exciting journey. www.aston.ac.uk/50 

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