With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games fast approaching and acting as a catalyst for young people to do more sport, schools across Britain are being encouraged to sign up for this year's Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week, which takes place from 27 June to 1 July.
In 2010, the week inspired 14,000 schools and five million young people across Britain to try a new Olympic or Paralympic sport for the first time. As a result of the week, Britain saw a significant uplift in regular sports participation and young people going on to join sports clubs in and outside school.
In 2011, Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week, run in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, will use the anticipation of the London 2012 Games to inspire pupils to continue to try new sports, but to also pledge to achieve a personal best in an Olympic or Paralympic sport, individually, with their class or club and at every level.
Throughout the week, schools will also be able to get even closer to the Games, as Lloyds TSB, official London 2012 Partner and a Presenting Partner to the Olympic Torch Relay, will be giving registered schools the opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and win tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Schools in England and Wales can sign-up today and get ready to join Britain's biggest celebration of school sport from 27 June to 1 July.
Registered schools will be provided with free resources including a teacher planning pack full of useful tips and ideas to help them make the most of the week and use the inspiration of London 2012 to encourage pupils to try new sports, aim to achieve a personal best and live the Values of the Games. And with thousands of schools staging inter and intra-school competitions, and their very own Opening and Closing Ceremonies and mini Torch Relays, it will really feel that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is coming to all corners of Britain.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said: "The fact that nearly 14,000 schools took part in National School Sport Week in 2010 confirms what we witness every time we travel around the UK - that children are excited about trying new sports. The enthusiasm up and down the country and overall support for the London 2012 Games is clear, and it is great to see the impact it is already having on school children."