Lord Coe launches 'Plan your 2012' at Leytonstone School
Coe launches 'Plan your 2012'
By Natasha, 14, and Lawrence, 15
School Reporters from Leytonstone Business and Enterprise School, Waltham Forest
It was a big day today for Leytonstone School. Not just a normal PE lesson, but we were visited by LOCOG Chair, Lord Coe and Children's Minister Tim Loughton.
They were here to launch the 'Plan your 2012' scheme. This is a Get Set Olympic project, which aims to get secondary students to inspire other schools around them to get involved in sports, ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
We had the opportunity to speak to Lord Coe himself about what a success it has been and how we hope to get all the other schools in the UK involved too.
The project aims to help schools get the most from the Games.
"We've always said that we wanted the Olympic and Paralympic Games to stimulate an interest - particularly amongst young people in sport - but we've then got to make sure that when we've got that stimulus, when we've got that spike in demand - Games Time - that two weeks later everyone hasn't forgotten about it," he said.
Our school is one of 42 which were part of the pilot project. We have been working with other schools in our area to inspire them to get the most out of the Games. Now, grants of up to £8,800 have been offered to support other Get Set Network schools to help other schools get involved.
Our own sports leaders led a theory session in our main assembly hall. This included learning about the seven Olympic values and different sports both Olympic and Paralympic.
Also our young sports leaders led activities in our school's sports hall to show some of the local Year 4s from Barclay Primary School new skills in some Olympic and Paralympic sports - basketball, hockey, tennis and boccia. We even had a visit from Barclay's mascot to encourage the students to take part and do their best.
We could really see improvement within the kids, and I felt famous with all the cameras around!
One of our sports leaders, Ruben.
Even Seb Coe and Tim Loughton participated in the activities with the students! We could see lots of smiles on everyone's faces. Tim told us about how 'sweaty' and 'exhausted' he was after a healthy game of tennis, as he wiped his forehead before our interview.
"What this project is all about is using the enthusiasm of teenagers in secondary schools to develop their own leadership skills, to go out to primary schools and say 'sport is fun!" he said.
We really care about the future of London even after 2012, so we also slipped in a question where we asked Seb Coe about the importance of the 2017 World Athletics Championships bid.
"Its important for national reasons and for national sporting reasons. Athletics is our most successful national sport ever over the last 50 years but it is also important to me because it is my sport.
"And I think its very important for the legacy of the Games as well. This is a big investment in a track and field facility and the first opportunity we have to stage the biggest track and field event outside the Olympic Games is one we want to grab" he said.
Its been a great day, and we hope the project really rockets off!
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