By Daniel Etchells

The students took part in a training session run by experienced coaches from Dornbirn Ice Skating Club ©EYOF2015A total of 30 students began preparations for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) School Sport and Fan Challenge by completing their first training session with experienced coaches from Dornbirn Ice Skating Club.

The School Sport and Fan Challenge provides local students with the opportunity to compete in the venues of different sports just before the actual EYOF competitions, which is due to take place in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein between January 25 and 30.

Also tutored by the EYOF mascot, Alpy the marmot, students from Austria's Sport Elementary School Wolfurt and the Lustenauerstraße Elementary School demonstrated their ice skating skills in the Ice Rink Dornbirn, where the figure skating competition scheduled for January 28. 

Further sessions will follow for the 42 registered participants, including pupils of the Montafon Ice Skating Club, the Schruns-Grüt Primary and Elementary School and the Innermontafon Elementary School.

EYOF mascot, Alpy the marmot, helped to tutor the students ©EYOF2015EYOF mascot, Alpy the marmot, helped to tutor the students ©EYOF2015

"The children will experience the unique Olympic atmosphere first hand," said EYOF 2015 chief executive Philipp Groborsch.

"Hopefully this will motivate some of them to pursue their sport activities."

The Vorarlberger Sparkasse bank is sponsoring the project and the Torch Relay in the run-up to the multi-sport event.

"Worthwhile recreational activities offer great stimuli to young people," said Werner Böhler, spokesman of the Vorarlberger Sparkasse.

"The Sparkasse feels responsible for future generations, so we gladly support this unique school sport challenge during the EYOF."

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