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On your marks for new School Games
Every school in the country will be able to get more information on how they can be part of the new School Games as www.yourschoolgames.com is launched.
The School Games are a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive sport. Sport England is investing up to £35.5 million of National Lottery funding in the School Games up to 2015.
Designed across four levels, for both primary and secondary pupils, the School Games offer a fantastic opportunity for all young people to compete in intra-school, inter-school and regional competitions. Top athletes could go on to compete at a major national multi-sport event, hosted in 2012 at the Olympic Park in London. The School Games are fully inclusive, with a focus on encouraging participation in competitive sport across the spectrum of abilities and experience.
As an added incentive, schools can use their participation in the School Games to help qualify for London 2012 Ticketshare tickets. 100,000 tickets are available for schools through the London 2012 Get Set Network.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said:
“This is a great opportunity for schools to put their pupils at the heart of the mass participation sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We want every young person to have the chance to enjoy competitive sport at the right level for them in a wide range of sports.”
Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt said:
“There are now fewer than 500 days until the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will be a once in a lifetime chance to inspire young people with the power of sport.
The School Games is designed to help schools build on and complement the successful work they have been doing – and help put competitive sport at the core of a truly rounded education for all young people.”
Schools can register their interest from today at http://www.yourschoolgames.com/.