Delivering on the Olympic legacy promise in the West of England
Hundreds of school children to take part in a competitive school sport festival as part of the newly launched ‘School Games’.
In 2005 Lord Seb Coe, made a promise to the International Olympic Committee that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics would ‘Inspire a new generation to take part in sport and create a long lasting legacy for Sport in Britain’. To deliver this pledge the government has tasked sporting bodies to create ‘Olympic Legacy’ projects.
One of which is called the ‘School Games’ and is designed to deliver competitive sport to school children all across the country.
Thursday 26th January 2012 will see The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) launch the ‘School Games’ in the West of England. This event will be held at Filton College and will run over 4 days, allowing over 1,400 pupils to take part in a variety of sports.
The ‘School Games’ will be the combination of a year round sporting calendar with children competing within their own schools as well as competing against other schools.
England Netball Player and Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist Pamela Cookey who is attending the launch event said:
“It is great to see children being given the opportunity to take part and compete in such a wide variety of sports. Schools are normally the first time children get to take part in sport and having an event like this means that they will be inspired to do more. London 2012 will inspire the nation to take part in sport and projects like the ‘School Games’ will allow the next generation to act on that inspiration.”
Lisa Wood, Youth Sport Manager at Wesport said:
“I am excited to be involved in delivering this School Games festival and look forward to an even bigger Summer School Games festival on the 20th June 2012 at the University of Bath”