Geoff Capes spots sports talent of the future

PUBLISHED: 10:58 27 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:53 28 May 2010

Geoff Capes gives the youngsters some shot putting advice

Geoff Capes gives the youngsters some shot putting advice

FORMER World s Strongest Man Geoff Capes took time out to spot some sporting talent of the future at the Neale-Wade Community College s annual sports festival. He also handed out some tips on shot putting technique during his visit to Tuesday s festival,

Enjoying the activities

FORMER World's Strongest Man Geoff Capes took time out to spot some sporting talent of the future at the Neale-Wade Community College's annual sports festival.

He also handed out some tips on shot putting technique during his visit to Tuesday's festival, dubbed by organisers as the first step on the road to London 2012.

Year 7 students, and a total of 234 year 6 pupils from five feeder schools, took part in 15 sports including shot put, track athletics, tag rugby, gymnastics, football, volleyball, hockey, badminton, tennis, cricket and golf.

Youngsters were split into 16 groups, each being given a country to represent, and competed in four of the sports on offer throughout the day.

The pupil who put in the most effort in each sport was presented with a medal at the end of the festival by the Cambs Times' sports reporter Mark Berry. Another award, a special award for athletics, was presented by Neale-Wade sports centre manager Martin Dawson.

The festival was organised by staff and sixth form students at the March school who have been pursuing the Community Sports Leader Award.

Dave Kenning, head of PE at Neale-Wade, said: "We organise the festival to show our own students and pupils from our partner primary schools just how many opportunities there are for them to try different sports, both at Neale-Wade and in local clubs."

Mr Capes, who was born and grew up in Spalding, is also a former British and Commonwealth shot put champion. He is now an athletics coach at Loughborough University


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