Suffolk schools have been showing how they are ready to welcome the world to the London 2012 Games this summer by taking part in activities to celebrate the athletes and cultures of the world, as part of London 2012 World Sport Day.
World Sport Day took place on Monday and marked the start of Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week, an annual five day celebration of PE, sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Highlights of the day include schools and colleges across the UK staging their own World Sport Day opening ceremonies, showcasing the flags of the chosen teams they are celebrating; and profiling the sports, music, dance, languages, and food of the world.
Examples of the wide range of activity in Suffolk included pupils from Monks Eleigh CEVC Primary School walking through the village with a flame made by the children, inviting parents and the local community to join in. They also hosted an opening ceremony where children carried flags and performed the Mascot Dance.
At the Royal Hospital School 600 children from Stutton, Holbrook, Chelmondiston, Tattingstone and Shotley Primary Schools joined together for the Penninsular Olympics, whilst schools in the Gipping Valley and Thurston School Sport Partnership are running a Torch Relay Challenge throughout National School Sport Week.
Seb Coe, London 2012 chief, said: ‘With the Games almost here, World Sport Day presented by Lloyds TSB has given young people across the UK a real taste of what’s to come this summer. The day has been a huge success and has seen whole communities coming together to celebrate athletes’ nations and cultures from all over the world.’
London 2012 World Sport Day is part of the London 2012 Education programme, Get Set, through which over 20,000 schools and colleges have been recognised and rewarded for their commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Since 2009, more than eight million school children and 19,000 schools have participated in National School Sport Week. Suffolk is one of the very few counties in the UK with 100% of schools signed up to Get Set.