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15 Dec 2011
London 2012 , IOC News

London 2012 Education Programme helps spread Olympic values

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) is using a wide-ranging education programme to help bring the Olympic Games and the Olympic values to young people throughout the host nation and beyond.

More than 20,500 schools in the UK have already registered with the innovative “Get Set” programme, which was launched by LOCOG in 2008. The scheme uses an interactive website to provide students and teachers with access to free learning resources, such as inspirational films, games, activity ideas and fact sheets, which help young people explore the Olympic values and enable them to play their part in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Schools and colleges that demonstrate their commitment to living the Olympic values can also join the Get Set network, receiving rewards, recognition and endorsement for work around the values. LOCOG recently announced that 10,000 schools had already joined the network.

“It is fantastic that 10,000 schools right across the UK are actively demonstrating how they are using the Olympic values in their schools,” said LOCOG chairman Seb Coe.

“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.”

It is not only schools in the UK that are benefitting from the London 2012 education programme, however, as the Get Set resources have been made available in a number of languages, enabling young people all around the world to learn about, discuss and take part in projects related to the Olympic Games.

Speaking at the September launch of the international resources, Coe said, “We have always believed that the Olympic Games have the ability to capture the imagination of young people all over the world and to encourage them to choose sport. We are delighted to launch these new resources and to provide a new platform from which they can learn about and join in the London 2012 Games.”

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