A flaming good way to whip up Olympic fever

Volunteer Ambassadors Robbie Neave, Matt Chafer and Lewis Burton with the 1948 Olympic Torch.

Volunteer Ambassadors Robbie Neave, Matt Chafer and Lewis Burton with the 1948 Olympic Torch.

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STUDENTS with sporting potential will be given a chance to make their Olympic goals come good, as part of a new scheme to take place at Dearne Advanced Learning Centre.

In the build-up to the 2012 London Olympics, from September this year, all new Year 7 pupils will have fortnightly lessons based entirely around the Olympic games.

Neil Clark, Principal at Dearne ALC shows the school's Get Set certificates with Luke Addis and Kaliegh Baker.

Neil Clark, Principal at Dearne ALC shows the school's Get Set certificates with Luke Addis and Kaliegh Baker.

These will be part of a whole series of activities for all age groups, to foster interest in sport and hopefully reveal and encourage new talent.

The programme will end with a mini-Olympics and a street party for everyone who took part.

Director of wellbeing, Ed Staton, is co-ordinating the scheme within the ALC.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all our students to live the Olympic dream.

“With these lessons, and a structured timetable of Olympic activities, we will be making the Olympics a reality for our young people and for the wider Dearne community.

“With the help of the Newham-Barnsley Partnership, we will be working closely with schools in the London Borough of Newham, who have 75 per cent of the Olympic stadiums within their borough – to bring the Olympics to the Dearne.”

A plaque, recognising the commitment the Dearne ALC has made towards promoting the Olympic and Paralympic values, was presented to Principal Neil Clark recently, by the Get Set Network.

The Olympic theme has been strong elsewhere across the Don and Dearne too, as athletes at High Melton College got their hands on a piece of sporting history – a torch from the 1948 Olympics.

The torch – that was used when the Olympics was last held in England – featured in a relay race at the end of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust volunteer ambassador athletics event at the college, on May 9.

The event was part of the Sports Legacy and MyGames programme, inspired by the 2012 London Olympics.

More than 50 students took part.

The aim of the programme is to promote the values of the Olympic games which include friendship, respect, excellence, equality and determination, and to connect these communities to the exciting build-up to 2012.

One of the organisers, Josh Wroot, 18, said: “It was a great day and a privilege to hold the 1948 Olympic Torch.”

Andy Lock, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s assistant director, and sports legacy programme manager, added: “This fantastic event is another example of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Sports Legacy programme investing in young people – encouraging volunteering and giving coalfields kids the opportunity to get their hands on a piece of Olympic history.”