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The London 2012 Olympic Games kick-off on Friday.

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Across the country, people are getting set

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for the biggest sporting event the UK has ever seen.

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Here in Middlesbrough, 12 kids are stepping up

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to the challenge of a lifetime -

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to organise an amazing party for the town to celebrate

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the start of the Olympics.

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Earlier this week, we saw Team 1 transform Party HQ,

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and yesterday was all about creating Olympic-inspired ice cream.

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Lovely!

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Today - the sporting challenge.

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Can these three take the quiet game of croquet, and turn

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it into a sport of Olympic ambition in time for the party on Friday?

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They will have a mentor - CBBC's Ore...

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Come on!

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..and some local sporting heroes will be on hand

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to put their game through its paces.

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This is CBBC's Olympic Games Challenge.

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The three locals hoping they won't be stumped by this challenge are,

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David, Lois and Erin.

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First up and ready to leap into action, 12-year-old Lois.

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I do a lot of sports, I'm not one of them girls which goes, "Yuck,

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"I don't want to get mucky!"

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I'll just get everything a go.

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Next, there's 12-year-old David who is passionate about ping-pong,

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and hopes he can battle only niggling doubts about the challenge ahead.

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I'm feeling really excited and a little bit nervous

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because if our sport goes wrong then it could be a disaster.

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And, finally, ready to put her own spin on things,

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it is keen gymnast, Erin.

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I think it's great to get everyone to try a new sport.

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I just come up with crazy ideas, and sometimes people might think,

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"That won't work," put it together and it's brilliant.

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Trying to keep up with this sporting trio

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and ready to come off the subs bench to help wherever

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he is needed, it's Ore from Match Of The Day Kickabout.

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Who reinvents sports?

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I mean, how often do you see a sport completely rebranded

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and turned into something new?

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I'm excited to see what they come up with

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because at the moment I have no idea.

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Ore has arranged to meet the three of them in Albert Park.

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It's here on Friday that they'll have to unveil the new sport to

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hundreds of partygoers who will all want to try it out.

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Hi, guys!

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You all right? Fantastic.

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Let's cut to the chase, you guys are three very talented sportspeople.

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The Olympic on our doorstep, therefore, your challenge is

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to reinvent and age old sport

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and give it a bit of an Olympic flavour.

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You're looking at me blankly.

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Tell you what, come with me and I'll give you a clue.

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All right, guys, your challenge is to reinvent the game of croquet.

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Croquet was once a hugely-popular sport

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and it even made an appearance at the Paris Olympics in 1900.

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However, these days it's a sport that tends to appeal to the over 60s.

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This croquet club in Albert Park

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sits at the heart of where Friday's CBBC party is taking place.

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We have challenged the kids to turn it into a sport

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worthy of modern-day Olympians.

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Easy!

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It looks like an old man's park.

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If we can make it into a children's park then that would be good.

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That is what I want to hear!

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-Are you ready for your challenge?

-ALL: Yes!

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All right! Anyone know the rules? Ah...

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Before the kids can start thinking about giving croquet an

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Olympic makeover, they're going to have to get to grips

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with the sport first.

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Here to run them through the basics is Albert Park's resident

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croquet maestro, Charles Waterfield.

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-Now, pick up the mallet.

-Step one, how to hold a mallet.

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Just let it sway like a pendulum.

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Step two, hitting a ball.

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One at a time... professional.

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Yes!

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Step three, scoring a point.

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Yes!

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Oh!

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Yes, all right.

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Come on!

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Let's see that again,

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it's a fantastic strike it doesn't even touch the sides.

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Look at him go!

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That's what it means to him, no worries, Ore,

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you're OK with the croquet.

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Can I have a high five? Anybody? No, anybody? Thanks, Dave.

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They've got to grips with the basics, it's time for a game.

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Much better!

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Someone needs to hit that blue one.

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No! Oh, Erin!

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Oh-ho-ho!

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Awwww!

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Oh, I've got my eye on you, Erin. I've got my eye on you.

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Come on! Hit it there. Yes!

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They've got to grips with the game,

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the task now is to be invented for Friday's party.

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I think it's going to be quite tricky to reinvent croquet.

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No-one really thinks about croquet,

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do they? They'll be a lot of ideas, so, yes.

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Our sporting trio are going to need all the ideas they can get if they're

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going to create a game to keep the crowds on the edge of the seat.

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Ore thinks he knows just the place to go for some inspiration.

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Guys, we are taking you to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

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Your face, Dave! you seem pretty excited.

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-Who wants to go to Wimbledon?

-ALL: Me!

-All right!

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The big day has arrived and our sporty trio has travelled

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down to London for their inspirational trip to Wimbledon.

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I'm really excited but I've never been before.

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Wimbledon, to go there, it'll be really good.

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I've got a signature book, and I want to get some people's

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signatures and just have a good time.

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Wimbledon is the oldest

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and most famous tennis tournament in the world.

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Known for its grass courts, players from around the world battle

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it out here every summer for the title of Wimbledon champion.

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Welcome.

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but, tennis wasn't the first sport to be played on these famous lawns.

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You might not know this but the full name of this club is actually

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The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which means

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that once upon a time, croquet and tennis went Hand-in-hand.

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Before croquet fell of the radar.

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So, your mission today, guys, is to go out there

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and find out what makes tennis a game that is watched

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and loved by millions of people

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and see what you can bring from that into the game of croquet.

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It's a great game to watch and an even better game to play.

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Well, they couldn't come to Wimbledon and not play tennis.

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This is going to be ace.

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Well done, 31, 32,

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we could be here for hours.

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Uh!

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Argh!

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Smash it! Oh! Oh!

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Ooft! No thanks, Dave.

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I've got something special in my armoury. Let's play the game!

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Oooh!

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They've had a chance to play the game, but there is work to be done

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and tennis coach Phil is on hand to answer their questions.

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Have you got any ideas to make croquet more appealing?

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It's quite a stationary game, isn't it? Tennis is the opposite -

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you're moving all over the place.

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Maybe in croquet you could chase the ball after you've hit it.

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Or something like that to get more movement into the sport.

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We should include having energy because everyone's having fun

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If they were having croquet, they wouldn't be smiling or having fun.

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Wimbledon attracts fans from far and wide, young and old.

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You might bump into the odd Blue Peter presenter.

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You aren't the best tennis player in the world.

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-A little bit harsh.

-Sure. But you love the tennis.

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-What's that all about?

-I love the crowds, how excited people get.

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I love watching the mums leap out of their chairs.

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We need to make croquet epic. That's the vibe from Helen Skelton.

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We need to make croquet a sport that will be played in stadiums,

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people will talk about it, it'll be on newspaper front pages.

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Why don't you swap the balls for eggs?

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Boil most of the eggs bar one.

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Some will roll then you can hit them and it's fine.

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For the odd boiled egg that is runny, that player is out.

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I like the sound of that.

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-We've got work to do.

-Good luck.

-See you soon.

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We've got lots of work to get through. Come on. This way.

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It's game, set and match for the kids as it's time to leave.

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But has the day given them the inspiration they need

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to transform croquet?

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We're talking about eggs instead of croquet balls.

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We're talking about serving the croquet balls. Crazy outfits.

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There's a lot of stuff going in there heads.

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I can't wait to see what it is they come up with.

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With the party around the corner, it's time for the kids to work out

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the basics of their new sport.

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They've decided to add obstacles to give croquet more colour and fun.

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It'll be one of the best versions of croquet ever.

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They'll have to decide what works.

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And what doesn't work.

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-ALL:

-Oh!

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They'll be giving their new version of croquet a trial run.

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Time to see if they've got a new sport.

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It's the moment of truth.

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They'll have to set up the course for their new game.

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In a few minutes, elite athletes are coming along

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to give the sport its first trial run.

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They'll find out if their game is a hit or a miss.

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Use those two. I'll use these two.

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Putting ideas into practice is harder than they thought.

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I'm not sure they know exactly what they're doing.

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They're putting down hoops willy nilly.

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It doesn't make sense yet.

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What's going on over there?!

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It's like a golf shot - you have to get it in the sand pit.

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This should be enough.

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I'm sure you know what you're doing.

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Do all of you know what each other is doing?

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It looks like they've come up with a course that they all agree on.

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As well as the obstacles, they've designed their sport

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to be a head-to-head race, to bring the energy to get the crowds going.

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Time to meet the athletes who will give the sport its trial run.

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-Are you ready to try it out?

-ALL: Yeah.

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Good to know.

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Here to see if crazy croquet is ready for hundreds to play

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are five sporting heroes from Middlesbrough Football Club,

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here to give the game a trial run.

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First, the rules.

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You get the croquet ball through all the hoops.

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You hit it through the tunnel, in the sand pit then space hop back.

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To recap - cross the start line, into the hoops, through the hula hoop

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into the tunnel, up the ramp to the sand pit onto the space hopper

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bounce back and across the line.

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That's crazy croquet.

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It's time to play the game of crazy croquet.

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Bring it.

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First up, Team GB Olympic goalkeeper Jason Steele

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up against midfield maestro Richie Smallwood.

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On your marks, get set, go!

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It's a slow start for Jason.

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Richie is through the hula hoop and first to the tunnel.

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It's a race to the finish and Richie's got it.

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-What's it like to lose?

-The most pressured situation I've been in.

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Fair play to him.

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Jason Steele may have fallen at the first hurdle

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but is this new sport a winner?

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It went well. The footballers liked it.

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The children cheered so they liked it as well.

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Next, Middlesbrough legend Craig Hignett against Lucas Jutkiewicz.

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Go!

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CHEERING

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The crowd getting behind the players here.

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Craig is first to the sand pit and onto the hopper.

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You missed! It's over there!

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CHEERING

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Through to the finish. But did he play by the rules?

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Video evidence suggests that Craig has broken the crazy croquet rules

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and must be disqualified.

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Lucas, you're in the final.

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A pre-match handshake between Richard and Lucas.

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This sport looks like it's got that competitive edge

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our trio were looking for.

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They were rather competitive.

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Especially when Craig got disqualified.

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It made it more competitive for the others.

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Richie will face Lucas for the title of crazy croquet champion.

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This is the final.

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On your marks, get set, go!

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What a final!

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It looks like Richie Smallwood is running away with it.

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Richie, you're the champion.

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The sky's the limit for you.

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I think it is, yeah. The next task is to get it in the Olympics.

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With a thumbs up from the players, that is where the sport it heading,

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to CBBC's Olympic event.

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It's been a great journey for our sporting kids.

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From having never held a croquet mallet,

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they aim to recreate a sport with the passion and excitement

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to enthral hundreds at the party on Friday.

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It's been a great success today but the biggest challenge

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is still ahead of them.

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It'll be nerve-racking doing it in front of hundreds of people.

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I think it'll go well.

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It's been like an amazing journey.

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It brought the energy and more fun into croquet.

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It wasn't boring like it was when we first played it.

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It made a difference.

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A bit of a way to go but I reckon

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that on the 27th July

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crazy croquet is the sport everybody will be talking about.

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Tomorrow, the final group of kids are in charge of entertainments

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for the party.

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They'll audition local talent, who'll get top billing at the event.

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We can do this.

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Join us for tomorrow's Olympic Games Challenge.

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CBBC challenges a group of kids from Middlesbrough to stage the perfect party to mark the opening of the London 2012 Olympics. The new team attempt to rise to the challenge of inventing a new sport for their town's Olympic-inspired bash. Mentor Ore from MOTD Kickabout hopes they can do it.


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