Schools and colleges are encouraged to start planning how they are going to celebrate the athletes and cultures of the world on London 2012 World Sport Day, presented by Lloyds TSB, on Monday 25 June 2012.
The day, which will open Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week in England and Wales, will give thousands of young people in schools across the UK the chance to take part in the final UK-wide Get Set event before the London 2012 Games begin.
For schools in Scotland, World Sport Day will build on the momentum created during Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week (11-15 June 2012) and act as one final celebration for schools before the end of the school year.
The plans for London 2012 World Sport Day were announced today at the Copper Box in the Olympic Park. Get Set Network schools Ripple Primary School, Jo Richardson Secondary (both from Barking and Dagenham) and Bannerman High School (from Glasgow) took part in the announcement as well as Olympic Gold Medallist Jonathan Edwards, Team GB athletes Zoe Smith and Charlie Walker, Fijian athlete Sisilia Nsigia Rasokisoki and New Zealand athlete Jonathan Paget.
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Students from schools and colleges will be encouraged to celebrate the athletes and cultures of the world on the day in a variety of ways including staging their own World Sport Day opening ceremony and profiling the sports, music, dance, languages, flags and food of the world.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will provide resources to schools through the official London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’, including tips from the London 2012 Ceremonies team of producers on how to host an opening ceremony for World Sport Day. Schools can download a planning guide to help them to prepare for their day at www.london2012.com/worldsportday.
LOCOG will also be releasing and promoting new resources every month to help schools plan their day and decorate their school for the celebrations. Schools can request their free event pack on the World Sport Day website; the pack is full of branded materials and decorations, with schools in the Get Set network receiving access to extra materials and opportunities.
In England and Wales, London 2012 World Sport Day, delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, will act as the opening ceremony of Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week, giving schools a great opportunity to kick off a week of school sport and celebrations.
World Sport Day, delivered by the Youth Sport Trust and sportscotland, will build on the momentum created during Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week and act as one final celebration for schools before the end of the school year.
Seb Coe, London 2012 Chair, said: ‘With the Games almost here, World Sport Day presented by Lloyds TSB is a fantastic opportunity to bring the young people of the UK together on one day to celebrate our amazing athletes from all over the world, and their nations and cultures. The day will showcase all the work young people are doing on the teams they have been supporting – whether as a class, a year group or a whole school community. We want to encourage schools to involve parents, governors, members of the wider community and other local schools to join together on 25 June for what will be a great celebration of sport and cultures of the world.’
Team GB athlete Zoe Smith said: ‘The Games are the world’s greatest festivals of sport and London 2012 World Sport Day is a great way to celebrate how London 2012 will bring athletes together from so many different cultures. I have always been inspired by the Games, mainly because it provides a platform to learn about athletes, cultures, food and language from all over the world. I’m delighted to be part of World Sport Day and to see how it will help young people to learn about these different elements, as well as getting excited about the Games!’
Sally Hancock, Director, 2012 Partnership and Group Sponsorship at Lloyds Banking Group said: ‘Since 2008 Lloyds TSB has supported millions of young people in schools across Britain to do more sport through National School Sport Week. As the Presenting Partner of London 2012 World Sport Day, Lloyds TSB is proud to inspire a new generation of young people to try new sports, embrace the Olympic and Paralympic values, and prepare to welcome the world to the UK for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We’re looking forward to sharing the excitement of World Sport Day with schools in our communities as it marks the first day of National School Sport Week 2012.’
World Sport Day builds on the ‘Support a Team’ initiative launched by LOCOG in November 2011 as part of the ‘Get Set goes global’ programme through which schools across the UK were invited to become a supporter of at least one Olympic team and one Paralympic team, along with Team GB and ParalympicsGB, in the lead-up to the London 2012 Games.
Some schools are already planning their celebrations. Roger Mitchell, Headteacher at Ripple Primary School in Barking and Dagenham, said: ‘Here at Ripple Primary School we are proud to hold a yearly Cultural Diversity fortnight. During this time, each class learns about a particular country and then puts on a showcase to celebrate that country’s culture. World Sport Day gives us the opportunity to both celebrate the London 2012 Games and incorporate the Cultural Diversity work and sports activities that our young people enjoy so much. Because we have a wonderful Samba band at our school, we will be supporting the Team Brazil on London 2012 World Sport Day and joining thousands of other schools across the UK in this occasion.’