London 2012: Organisers reveal plans for World Sport Day in June

World Sport Day Launch at the Copper Box,Olympic Park/ Photo: LOCOG

London 2012 has announced plans for schoolchildren across the UK to take part in sporting and cultural activities for the London 2012 World Sport Day, presented by Lloyds TSB, on Monday 25 June 2012.

The day, which will open Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week in England and Wales, will give thousands of young people in schools across the UK the chance to take part in the final UK-wide Get Set event before the London 2012 Games begin.

The plans for London 2012 World Sport Day were announced today at the Copper Box in the Olympic Park. Get Set Network schools Ripple Primary School and Jo Richardson Secondary, both from Barking and Dagenham, took part in the announcement as well as Olympic Gold Medallist Jonathan Edwards, Team GB athletes Zoe Smith and Charlie Walker, Fijian athlete Sisilia Nsigia Rasokisoki and New Zealand athlete Jonathan Paget.

Students from schools and colleges will be encouraged to celebrate the athletes and cultures of the world on the day in a variety of ways including staging their own World Sport Day opening ceremony and profiling the sports, music, dance, languages, flags and food of the world.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will provide resources to schools through the official London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’, including tips from the London 2012 Ceremonies team of producers on how to host an opening ceremony for World Sport Day.

Schools and Colleges can download a planning guide to help them to prepare for their day at London2012.com/worldsportday.

Seb Coe, London 2012 Chair, said: "With the Games almost here, World Sport Day presented by Lloyds TSB is a fantastic opportunity to bring the young people of the UK together on one day to celebrate our amazing athletes from all over the world, and their nations and cultures.

"The day will showcase all the work young people are doing on the teams they have been supporting – whether as a class, a year group or a whole school community. We want to encourage schools to involve parents, governors, members of the wider community and other local schools to join together on 25 June for what will be a great celebration of sport and cultures of the world."

World Sport Day builds on the ‘Support a Team’ initiative launched by LOCOG in November 2011 as part of the ‘Get Set goes global’ programme through which schools across the UK were invited to become a supporter of at least one Olympic team and one Paralympic team, along with Team GB and ParalympicsGB, in the lead-up to the London 2012 Games.

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