Coventry Schools inspired to Get Set and go for London 201229 March 2012

Coventry Schools inspired to Get Set and go for London 2012

(Back l/r) Helen Kowalski, from LOCOG, Ruth Hegarty, Edgewick Primary School, and Lord Mayor of Coventry Councillor Keiran Mulhall with pupils from each of the eight schools involved in Coventry Get Set to Go.


There will be no shortage of entertainment during London 2012 but hundreds of schoolchildren have delivered a slice of Olympic-inspired drama ahead of the Games in their home city.

Pupils from eight schools have taken part in a theatrical performance entitled Coventry Get Set to Go which was inspired by and demonstrated the Olympic and Paralympic values of respect, friendship, excellence, determination, inspiration and equality.


The performance was held at the Live Level, in the Ricoh Arena, and was organised by Edgewick Primary School and funded by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the Department for Education.


Edgewick applied to take part in the project through the London 2012 Get Set Network - the official London 2012 education programme for schools, college and local authority education providers across the UK.


After seeing the Olympics-inspired work the school had already completed during the previous years, Edgewick was invited to coordinate seven other schools in the delivery of the Coventry Get Set to Go performance.


The other schools which took part were Alderman’s Green, Holbrooks, Little Heath, Stoke Heath, Woodfield, Whitmore Park and Whitley Academy.


Ruth Hegarty, from Edgewick Primary School, said “We wanted to inspire Coventry schools to get involved with the Olympics because they belong to the whole country, not just London.


“We also wanted to include everyone and demonstrate that you do not have to play sport to be part of London 2012.


“I am delighted with how the performance went and extremely proud of al the children who were involved in the project.”


The school has also been recognising pupils’ commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic values by awarding colour-coded wristbands every time they have exhibited one of the values in day to day life.


Tom Clift, Coventry City Council Operations Manager 2012 Games, said: “It was fantastic to see schools from across the city joining together to celebrate the Olympic Games coming, not only to our country, but to our city.


“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of one of the biggest events in the world and everyone involved in this production has grabbed that opportunity with both hands - and they should be extremely proud.”


To register your school to be part of the London 2012 Get Set education programme click HERE

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