Sports Day is about to be taken to a new level as elite sport stars Christian Malcolm, Barry McGuigan, Dean Macey and Sinead Kerr encourage a selection of the UK’s finest young athletes to taste sporting glory in CBBC’s landmark new sports series Ultimate Sports Day.
They are joined by Olympians Amy Williams, Phillips Idowu, Louis Smith, Kelly Sotherton and British Olympic hopeful Harry Aikines-Aryeetey to test the teenagers and help foster the nation’s future medallists.
Transmitting in the run-up to London 2012, the 11x30min series is filmed at Scotland’s state-of-the-art Ravenscraig sports centre, and sees four teams of four young athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland run, jump, shoot and ride their way to become the Ultimate Sports Day champions.
Hosted by Ore Oduba (CBBC’s Newsround and BBC Sport presenter), each episode tests the teams’ sports skills through a series of specially-devised ‘Ultimate Events’ such as the breathtaking Skywalker and the bouncy Bungee Basketball. Supported by the Youth Sports Trust, Ultimate Sports Day has assembled some of the nations’ most gifted young sports talent across a range of sports.
They are put through their paces at a boot camp -amidst fierce competition - before the final teams are selected. Viewers can follow their progress from the opening trials through to the two finals and the ultimate crowning of the winning team.
Each team is mentored by some of the UK’s biggest sporting stars: former decathlete and Commonwealth Gold medallist Dean Macey coaches the England team; seven times British Champion Ice Dancer Sinead Kerr mentors Scotland; Team GB Captain, sprinter Christian Malcolm flies the flag for Wales; while Northern Ireland is led by former World Featherweight Boxing Champion Barry McGuigan. The mentors and the contestants compete under the watchful eye of top sports Professor and trainer Greg Whyte – who guided Eddie Izzard and David Walliams in their running and swimming marathons for Sport Relief.
The series also features sports stars Team GB Olympian Triple Jumper Phillips Idowu, current men’s gymnastics star Louis Smith, Team GB heptathlete Kelly Sotherton and Winter Olympics gold medalist Amy Williams.
“Ultimate Sports Day is a wonderful opportunity for elite sports stars to help young people in sport and showcase their talents,” says Ore Oduba. “This is about celebrating young sports stars and testing their mettle to see what it takes to be the best. These competitors are some of the finest young athletes the nation has to offer but it’s not just about their sporting ability. The challenges are designed to test their minds and temperaments as well as their ability to work as a team to see if they what it takes to taste Olympic glory in the future.”
Ultimate Sports Day was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh for CBBC. The series was created by Jonathan Marks from MTC (UK) Ltd and developed by The Foundation. The executive producers are Steven Andrew and Simon Parsons (The Foundation) and Kez Margrie (CBBC). Ultimate Sports Day is produced by The Foundation Scotland, part of Zodiak Media Group for CBBC. Zodiak Kids holds worldwide rights to the series.
This is about celebrating young sports stars and testing their mettle."