London 2012's Paralympic Handover Website and Resources Go Live18.06.2008
The London 2012 Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has formally invited schools, colleges and other learning institutions across the across the UK, to lead the UK celebrations around the Paralympic Handover on 17 September 2008, the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
A new website and resources have been launched to help children and young people make their plans for marking the moment the Paralympic Flag is handed from the Mayor of Beijing over to the Mayor of London.
Schools, colleges and local authorities will receive a Paralympic Handover pack from London 2012. This includes details of the new website that can be found at: www.london2012.com/paralympichandover, a timeline showing the history of the Paralympic Games and a short DVD film featuring British athletes who are set to compete at the Beijing 2008 Games together with highlights of some of the all time great Paralympic moments.
The website presents tools, resources and ideas for whole school or college celebratory activities. Materials include assembly plans, suggested activities, fact sheets, certificates and a bank of Paralympic images.
Schools and colleges are invited to register their details on the website and share their ideas for celebration activities. Registrations received by 25 June 2008 will be in with the chance of winning a Visa Trip Package to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games which consists of a full programme of activity, including flights and accommodation for five nights. In addition, the most exciting and inspiring ideas for celebration activities will win a visit from a Paralympian, courtesy of Visa’s Team Visa mentoring programme.
The activity in schools and colleges on 17 September will launch London 2012’s domestic Education Programme which will go live the following day. The core of the programme is based on creating a UK-wide network of schools, colleges and other educational institutions in which children and young people are empowered to demonstrate and live their commitment to the Paralympic values.
A new interactive website will support children and young people in learning about, exploring and committing to these values of Inspiration, Determination, Courage and Equality. There will be dedicated sections for children and young people of different ages, practitioners and senior management.
The website will contain flexible resources, films and updated news to help support and shape the children’s and young people’s projects.
In addition, LOCOG will be working with its partners to develop resources that complement the core programme.
For more information, please visit the official website at www.london2012.com.