We’re ready, steady, go for the Olympics

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HIPPERHOLME and Lightcliffe High School will be sharing its passion for the Olympics this summer thanks to a grant of £8,800.

The school has been awarded the grant to support other schools in the area to also get involved in London 2012 and make the most of opportunities available through the official London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’.

The programme is part of a bigger scheme called ‘Plan your 2012’ which offers schools the chance to share their passion for the Games, inspiring and engaging other schools, young people and building partnerships across the community.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe is a member of the ‘Get Set network’ and is one of 125 schools who have been awarded a grant, selected from over 600 schools who applied.

Ann Henderson, the Sports Partnership Manager at the school in Stoney Lane, will arrange a number of ‘Get Set Roadshows’ during the spring and summer term which will combine demonstration and taster sessions for students in at least four different Olympic/Paralympic events.

Primary and secondary schools will be invited to attend and participating schools will be able to sign up for the ‘Get Set network’.

Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOPOG), Lord Coe, said they were delighted to be working even more closely with the Department of Education, who are funding the scheme.

“The ‘Play your 2012’ programme of grants will mean that more schools and more young people can be inspired by and benefit from local leadership and best practice in their area.

“Members of the Get Set network, like Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, are brilliant advocates for London 2012 - demonstrating what a positive difference linking learning to the Games can make to young people. Participating in ‘Plan your 2012’ gives engaged schools a fantastic opportunity to take the lead in supporting other schools and their local community.”