London 2012: child’s play

The 2012 Olympics are being held in London, and this historic occasion offers fantastic opportunities for UK school children to get involved. The Olympics Committee has prepared a series of activities and programmes to help children get the most out of this momentous occasion.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “We are doing all we can here in London to ensure that competitive spirit is encouraged and to give more kids the chance to get fit and active.”  Young people are also learning about the history of the games. This article provides information about activities prepared for UK school children.

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2012 School Games

The 2012 School Games gives over 1,500 children the chance to experience four of the 2012 London Olympic Venues. Taking place 6th–9th May before the Olympics start, schools will compete in 12 different sports at the Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, ExCel Centre and Olympic Stadium.

Sports like swimming, athletics, cycling and gymnastics will be on show, and an athletes’ village with 700 coaches and staff will be set up. The games are intended to imitate the Olympics and Paralympics, encouraging both able-bodied and disabled children to take part.

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Community sports clubs

As a result of winning the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, funding and plans were put in place to develop community sports clubs. As part of a five year plan, Sport England will assist in creating around 4,000 clubs with expert coaches and will develop links with local schools.

Merging schools with local sports clubs encourages school leavers to continue participating in sport. It also gives the public more opportunity to use first class school sports facilities. The Olympics are helping create a sporting legacy which will increase sporting participation in communities all over the nation.

International Inspiration programme

The aim of the International Inspiration programme is to generate close links between sports organisations in the UK and their international colleagues. The main focus is exchanging ideas, policies and strategies in sport and PE.

School partnerships are at the heart of the programme. These help teachers and young people to increase and share their knowledge of sport, such as spreading awareness and information about the 2012 Olympics. More than 200 UK schools are linked with partners in other International Inspiration countries. Children have a unique opportunity to participate in memorable exchanges.

STEM Challenges

These exciting challenges involve 10 activities inspired by the 2012 London Olympics. They are part of a competition where teams are set creative tasks reflecting aspects of the games. For example, children might create a model of a racing boat or research the technology used in the opening ceremony. The intention is to develop a cross-curricular approach to STEM subjects for 11 to 14-year-olds.

The challenges provide children with a fun and interactive learning experience and are judged against the core values of the Olympics and Paralympics. There are some exciting prizes up for grabs.

Get Set Goes Global

Get Set Goes Global is another great project set up for children, which includes Get Set for the Olympic Truce. Children are taught about the Olympic Truce – they learn about how sport can play a role in cultural understanding and in promoting peace and respect.

Students are also invited to take part in welcoming the rest of the world to London, using creative art to show the city’s cultural diversity. There is also a World Sport Day on 25thJune, on which UK schools will celebrate the athletes and cultures of the international teams coming to compete in the UK Olympics.

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Children in the UK are getting involved in the London Olympics 2012. You too could get involved if you’re lucky enough to be a student during the games. Are you searching for one of the top IB schools in the UK? If you’re looking for an IB diploma boarding school London has plenty on offer. There is no doubt that this will be a great year to get acquainted with London.

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