53 schools are going for gold

MORE than 50 of Scarborough’s schools are getting into the Olympic spirit after signing up to a programme linking them to the 2012 games.

The move will see local pupils get the chance to win Olympic ticket allocations among other opportunities based around the values of the Olympics.

Of Scarborough’s 64 schools and colleges, 53 have registered with the official London 2012 education programme Get Set.

The scheme is being promoted locally by Seachange and Scarborough Council, who in partnership are aiming to make the most of the opportunities the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games could bring.

Representatives from the organisations say they are even more pleased that 31 of the 53 schools are will be ‘Get Set network schools’.

The Get Set network is a community of schools and colleges, which are demonstrating a commitment to the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect, as well as the Paralympic Values of inspiration, determination, courage and equality by using the London 2012 Games to inspire learners to get involved in Values-based projects and activities.

Being a Get Set network school opens the doors to an added range of resources, ideas and opportunities. This will include an allocation of tickets for the 2012 Games, which is expected to be a minimum of three tickets for each primary school and six for secondary schools and colleges.

Mitch Cook, Olympic project co-ordinator for Seachange said: “During last year, we put a lot of effort into raising the awareness of Get Set among the borough’s schools and colleges and highlighting the many benefits it can bring. We are therefore delighted with the uptake in our area and look forward to hearing the exciting stories of how these schools are making the most of the opportunities presented by London 2012.”

Cllr Derek Bastiman, lead councillor on the authority’s efforts, added: “The programme is providing real inspiration to young people to embrace the values of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and it will help to leave a lasting legacy for our adults of tomorrow. “It is fantastic that so many of our schools are part of the Get Set network and it should enable them to link more easily with schools in the Host Boroughs in London, especially our partner borough, Hackney.”