150 school children from York have moved one step closer to 'Hosting their own games' during Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week (25th- 29th June) by participating in sprinting masterclasses with Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener.
The students of York High School were amongst the first of an expected four million young people to prepare for Britain's biggest ever school sport event. Lloyds TSB is urging schools from across England and Wales to follow suit and register for this year's Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week at www.schoolsportweek.org.
Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week uses the excitement of the London 2012 Games to inspire young people to do more sport. The initiative, run in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, is part of the London 2012 Get Set+ education programme, supplying schools, college and local authority education providers with resources, ideas and opportunities to help them make the most of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
School children from Year 5 up to Year 10, including Gifted and Talented pupils from partner primary schools, took part in the sprinting and relay masterclasses that were hosted by Jason. Within the sessions Jason explained and demonstrated the techniques and skills required to be a world-class Olympic sprinter. At the end of the lesson, the pupils put into practice what they learnt by challenging the Olympian to a race.
Speaking at York High School, Youth Sport Trust Ambassador, Jason Gardener said:
"With London 2012 just around the corner, Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week is a fantastic way for young people to really feel part of the celebrations and it's great to see the pupils in York getting involved in Olympic sports in preparation for the week. Now, it's more important than ever to excite and encourage young people to take up sport, so giving youngsters the opportunity to be part of Britain's biggest school sport event, is a perfect way to capture their attention. I would like to see all schools across the county join in on the excitement of 2012 by signing up to Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week."
Gavin Cowley, Director of Specialism at York High School said:
"By encouraging schools to stage their own Games, Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week really enables pupils to experience what it's like to be an Olympic or Paralympic athlete and be part of a big sporting event. We're so excited that Olympic champion, Jason Gardener, will visit York's young people ahead of National School Sport Week. Having Jason here encouraging the youngsters to get involved and try Olympic and Paralympic sports, will be a real boost. There is no doubt that the school children of York will be inspired and excited about sport and London 2012."