London 2012 Chair Seb Coe visits local Hackney school

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), yesterday visited Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney to see for himself how young people in one of the six host boroughs are inspired by the London 2012 Games.

As part of his visit, Seb was given a tour of the Academy by students and shown how they are incorporating the Olympic and Paralympic values into their school activity.

Seb Coe also witnessed the Met-Track Schools and Communities Involvement Programme (SCIP) in action, which offers coaching in athletics or general fitness as a healthy alternative in life for young people who might not otherwise get the opportunity. Mossbourne Community Academy has been running the programme since Autumn 2010, led by current UK number one long jumper JJ Jegede. Seb met with a number of students from the Academy who are already benefiting from their involvement in the programme.

The end of the visit concluded with a debate and Q&A session, led by GCSE PE students about the legacy of the London 2012 Games.

Seb also presented the Academy with the Get Set Network plaque, to formally recognise it as a member of the Get Set Network, London 2012’s domestic education programme.

The Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, also attended the visit.

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “I’m thrilled to have visited Mossbourne Community Academy and seen for myself how inspired its students are by the London 2012 Games. Our vision has always been to use the power of the Games to inspire change and this school is making this a reality. Meeting some of the students today has shown me how they are making the most of the London 2012 Games coming to London in just over 500 days time.”

Mayor Jules Pipe said:

“The Youth Ambassadors who welcomed Seb Coe, the young athletes who performed in front of him, and the students who asked questions during the debate, were all a credit to Hackney. Mossbourne Community Academy is the 25th Hackney school to achieve Get Set status and there are another five in the pipeline. I would encourage as many schools as possible to take part.”

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Get Set -

Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across the UK. It provides free learning resources for 3-19 year olds to find out more about the Games and explore the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect, and the Paralympic Values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality. It also offers access to exciting prizes and opportunities through participation in competitions and partner programmes.

The Get Set network is the London 2012 reward and recognition scheme for the active community of schools and colleges across the UK that are demonstrating a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Members of the network gain the right to use the London 2012 education logo, and are given priority access to the most exclusive prizes and opportunities.

Over 20,000 schools are participating in Get Set and Get Set + programmes which are delivered by partners, and which support learning across a range of topics and themes, linked to the Games through the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

As it heads towards its £2bn budget for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games, LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty one domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, GSK, Gymnova, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, Next, The Nielsen Company, Populous, Technogym, Ticketmaster and Trident.

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games Partner - Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Supplier and Provider – Otto Bock.

The Worldwide Olympic Partners signed up for London 2012 are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos Origin, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.