The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is offering the primary schools of Tower Hamlets the chance to win laptops for every child in one year group.
With 550 pupils from 24 schools across the borough already having met the Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, and tried out some of the sports that will feature at the London Olympics, the competition asks primary school head teachers to outline the biggest legacy the Games will give their pupils.
On their website, Tower Hamlets council says: “The Games will single-handedly redefine the social, economic and physical landscape of East London, bringing rejuvenation and renewed vitality to this often overlooked corner of the city.”
The site also details plans for three new primary schools, and a secondary school with a particular focus on sport.
LOCOG launched the competition following news that Tower Hamlets schools are amongst the most proactive in making the 2012 Games part of daily school life.
Up to 82% of schools in the borough are now part of the Olympics ‘Get Set’ community, promoting Olympic values of respect, friendship, equality, excellence, inspiration, courage and determination.
The scheme gives teachers access to film and photo resources, allows young people to participate in test events, and offers hundreds of Tower Hamlets children free tickets to ‘the greatest show on earth’ when the Games come to the capital.
When visiting the borough earlier this year, Lord Coe, chair of LOCOG, said: “From my recent visit to Tower Hamlets I saw tremendous enthusiasm and excitement amongst young people in the borough for the Games.”
Mayor Lutfur Rahman added: “This is an excellent achievement for Tower Hamlets schools. It would be excellent if every school signed up to the Get Set scheme, which provides a wealth of opportunities for our young people.”
An agreement was signed between Mayor Rahman and LOCOG to promote opportunities in the spheres of employment, business, education and culture for Tower Hamlets residents.
One in eight schoolchildren in London will see an Olympic or Paralympic event live, through the Get Set programme.
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