Spar is giving children a head start at their primary school sports day by supplying them with professional-style kits this summer.

Young athletes will get numbered bibs as well as a finish tape, badges and posters in 2,000 packs produced by the retailer as part of its Schools Sports Initiative.

Spar marketing controller Simon Fisher said it was a good example of Spar ­retailers backing their local communities. "The feedback we receive is fantastic, with more schools becoming ­involved each year," he said.

The scheme is part of Spar's involvement in ­national and international athletics.