Children get stuck into Greece-y Games!

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Over 100 primary school children enjoyed a visit to Porthkerry Country Park near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan to take part in a woodland-based ancient Greece Olympics.

Children from Romilly Primary, Eagleswell Primary, St Josephs Primary, Rhws Primary and St Athans Primary schools joined rangers from the park and Forestry Commission Wales Woodlands for Learning staff for a day of competitions in the woods.

The children were formed into ancient Greek tribes which included Spartans, Athenians, Corinthians, Thebians and Megarans and took part in activities which combined the ethos of Forest School with the Olympics theme.

They had the opportunity to take part in a host of fun games, from a woodland scavenger hunt, hazel javelin throwing competition, willow hoopla, the beech tree leap and the rope bridge challenge.

Education Officer Sheena O’Leary, who coordinates the Vale Forest Education Initiative cluster group who organised the event, said, “The children made connections to ancient history by learning about the tribes and it’s great for their physical health to be active outdoors whilst having fun.”

The tribes kept their energy levels high during the day with a cookout in the woods, accompanied by singing around the fire. The winning tribe members were presented with specially made wood cookie gold, silver and bronze medals.

Mel Stewart, ranger at Porthkerry, said, “We were really lucky with the weather; we only needed to shelter in our tepees twice. The children and staff who have got involved are an inspiration. Everyone’s a winner!”

The day was made possible with the help of the Forest Education Initiative (FEI) in Wales, who gave the Vale of Glamorgan FEI cluster group a grant of £250 towards the cost of the event.

Caption: Children from Romilly Primary show off their medals.

Media enquiries to Forestry Commission Wales Press Officer Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email

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