Schools across England that are engaged with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are invited to apply for a grant of up to £8,800 to support other schools in their area to also get involved in London 2012 and make the most of opportunities available through the official London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) have worked closely with the Department for Education, who are funding the scheme, called ‘Plan your 2012’. ‘Plan your 2012’ will offer schools that join the London 2012 ‘Get Set network’ reward and recognition scheme the chance to share their passion for the Games, inspiring and engaging other schools, young people and building partnerships across their community.
One Get Set Network school in Hertfordshire, Turnford School in Cheshunt, has already received funding as part of a pilot for the scheme.
Chairman of the Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners Board, Derrick Ashley said, “As the number one county in the country for Get Set registrations schools in Hertfordshire really have the advantage. 88% of Hertfordshire’s schools are signed up and we have 257 Network Schools. Having the expertise of a local school that has been through the process also puts us in a strong position. I encourage every school in the county to sign up so they can have access to these fantastic opportunities.”
LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe said: ‘We are delighted to be working even more closely with DfE, and the ‘Plan your 2012’ programme of grants will mean that more schools and more young people can be inspired by and benefit from local leadership and best practice in their area.
‘Members of the Get Set network 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 engaged schools a fantastic opportunity to take the lead in supporting other schools and their local community, enabling them to make the most of London 2012.’
Schools can find out more about the scheme and how to apply on the London 2012 ‘Get Set’ website www.london2012.com/getset; assistance is also available from the Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners Partnership, email email@example.com. The second round of applications will open on 28 November and close on 6 January 2012.
Schools that join the ‘Get Set’ network before Friday 16 December 2011 will also secure an allocation of tickets to the Games at no cost through the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative, as well as other exclusive rewards and opportunities.
Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across the UK. More than 20,500 schools have already registered with the programme. It provides students and teachers with access to free resources including films, activity and fact sheets to support young people to explore the Olympic and Paralympic Values and play their part in the London 2012 Games.
Over 8,000 have gone one step further to join the Get Set network reward and recognition scheme by demonstrating their commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values.