Ulster University celebrates 100 days to Rio Olympics

Ulster University student and Irish hockey squad member Neal Glassey with Whiteabbey Primary School pupil Amber (7). INLT 18-904-CON
Ulster University student and Irish hockey squad member Neal Glassey with Whiteabbey Primary School pupil Amber (7). INLT 18-904-CON

Ulster University marked 100 days to Rio with an Olympic-themed celebration that gave local schoolchildren the opportunity to try out new sports at its Jordanstown campus.

The kids had the chance to try various sports; everything from volleyball and golf to athletics, gymnastics and hockey.

Whiteabbey Primary School pupils Evie Wright (7), Luke Campbell (8), Sol Proctor (9), Frank Davis (9) and Lauren Donald (8). INLT 18-905-CON

Whiteabbey Primary School pupils Evie Wright (7), Luke Campbell (8), Sol Proctor (9), Frank Davis (9) and Lauren Donald (8). INLT 18-905-CON

As part of Tuesday’s event, Ulster University student volunteers delivered games to over 180 pupils to encourage them to lead physically active and healthy lifestyles.

Adding to the festivities, they also got the chance to create new music with a carnival drumming band and hear from university student athletes about their positive experiences of competitive sport.

Marking the countdown, the University also announced £100,000 of student sports scholarships that will provide funding to support one year of university course fees for high performing student athletes.