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Olympic and Paralympic education programme Get Set launches latest initiative

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Get Set, the official Olympic and Paralympic education programme in the UK, have launch their latest initiative ‘Get Set to Plan Your Legacy’, which is funded by the Department for Education (DfE). 

The programme sees 105 schools across the UK benefit from the DfE grants to support them in delivering activities to maximise the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Building on the success of the pre-Olympic and Paralympic project ‘Plan your 2012’, the ‘Get Set to Plan your Legacy’ takes inspiration from the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect as well as the Paralympic Values of determination, inspiration, courage, and equality.

"Get Set to Plan Your Legacy is a great opportunity for schools to contribute to the legacy of the Games and to make a lasting impact in their communities,” said British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman Lord Sebastian Coe. 

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) chairman Tim Reddish was equally delighted about the new programme. 

"This initiative will empower schools and communities around the country to deliver on the Games’ Legacy objectives,” said Reddish.

"The network of schools involved will make a real impact and help to build a sustainable legacy.”

The grants will enable schools to run Olympic and Paralympic inspired projects with other local schools in their community – a minimum of ten each.

"This initiative is a great opportunity for schools across the country to work together and really harness the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Children’s Minister Edward Timpson.

"We’re investing more than £300 million in school sport and giving every child the opportunity to stay fit, healthy and to excel at sport so that we can create an Olympic legacy we can truly be proud of.”

Schools who have been awarded the grant participated in a national induction session last week.

The session was designed to improve the quality of the programme, invigorate existing legacy plans and enable teachers to work more effectively in partnership with other schools.

Kierran Pearce of Marketfield School highlighted the benefits of being involved in the project. 

"Marketfield School is honoured to be taking part in this initiative," said Pearce

Our programme will build on the success of our previous projects to ensure we fulfill our legacy ambitions. 

"We are planning activities and initiatives ranging from sports festivals, inclusion weeks and a legacy film.

"Our main aim is to help change negative views towards people with disabilities in sport and life, and the ‘Plan your Legacy’ project will help us achieve it.”
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