Olympic trip for lucky kids

Dearne ALC student Matthew Miller with his mum at the Olympic Games.

Dearne ALC student Matthew Miller with his mum at the Olympic Games.

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A GROUP of school kids headed down to the capital after they scooped the once-in-a-lifetime chance to win tickets to the London Olympics.

A total of 26 pairs of tickets were awarded to schools across Barnsley, including Dearne Advanced Learning Centre and The Hill Primary School in Thurnscoe.

They were given out through the Newham Barnsley Partnership’s Praise Postcards scheme, which over the past year has enabled students, teachers and parents to nominate children for their outstanding achievements in school.

One winner, Matthew Miller, a promising young athlete from Dearne Advanced Learning Centre, was lucky enough to catch some boxing action.

Oliver Coppard, Newham Barnsley Partnership manager, said: “The theme of the London 2012 Olympics is ‘Inspire a Generation’ and this is exactly what the Newham Barnsley Partnership is aiming to achieve.

“We want to raise the aspirations of our young people and recognise their achievements and what better way to do this than to give them the chance to witness some of the best athletes in the world for themselves.”

The ‘Praise Postcards’ scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK.

Barnsley is the only place in the country to have partnered with Newham, the principal host borough for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Local Olympic legend Dorothy Hyman, championship diver Megan Sylvester, judo star Steve Gawthorpe and local swimming sensation James Kirton attended a special prize draw at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium earlier this year to pick the names of the winning youngsters.