The last generation may have grown up inspired by Girl Power – but today’s youngsters in Wythenshawe have a new mantra all about willpower.
The mascot for the forthcoming Wythenshawe Games has been touring the town’s schools, to tell youngsters about the sporting spectacular and share motivational messages.
The lion mascot – dubbed Wythenshawe Will – earned his symbolic title to reflect the tenacity shown by the community in organising and staging its own version of the Olympics, due to start on 20 July.
In total 26 sports groups will be involved in the nine-day event, which includes sports ranging from rugby league, basketball and wheelchair dancing to Wii fit and cheerleading.
During his visits to the town’s primary schools, Manchester Enterprise Academy and Manchester Health Academy, Wythenshawe Will entertained the pupils – but also give the wider message that grit and determination make goals possible. The amiable mascot was a vehicle to involve pupils in discussions and share examples of when they had been determined or been part of a team.
Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said: "The ethos about the Games is about celebrating a resourceful and united community, which has pulled together to stage something remarkable. We’d like to lead by example and show the next generation that ambitions and dreams can come true. It’s not about inspiring a wave of wannabees – it’s about endorsing a ‘can do’ attitude which can realise the potential that so many of our schoolchildren have.”
The Wythenshawe Games mascot was also be accompanied by Fred the Red – the mascot for the Manchester United Foundation, who are also supporting the Wythenshawe Games.
For more information about the Wythenshawe Games, log on to www.wythenshawegames.org.uk