Excitement builds at sports college ahead of the Olympics

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School which has been given a grant to run the Olympics at school. Pictured is Ann Henderson with some of the kids
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School which has been given a grant to run the Olympics at school. Pictured is Ann Henderson with some of the kids

A SPORTS college will be leading from the front in the run-up to the summer Olympics.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School and Sports College will be helping other schools make the most of the London extravaganza.

It is part of the “Plan Your 2012” scheme which offers schools the chance to share their passion for the Games through work with other schools.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe was among more than 600 schools which applied for a grant from the “Get Set” London 2012 education programme.

It was successful and has been awarded £8,800 to build interest.

Ann Henderson, the Sports Partnership Manager at the school in Stoney Lane, will be arranging several “Get Set Roadshows” during the spring and summer terms.

They 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: “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 schools a fantastic opportunity to take the lead in supporting other schools and their local community.”

The scheme is funded through the Department for Education.

Athletes from 205 different countries are expected to compete in 26 Olympic sports and 20 Paralympic sports at the 2012 Games which start in July.