AFTER the announcement that the Olympic Torch would pass through Bridlington last week - Bridlington School will also be involved in the 2012 Games after joining a school network dedicated to commemorating the event.
The school has become a member of the Get Set network, a community of schools and colleges around the country, whose members are eligible for tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as receiving access to exclusive competitions and 2012 Games related opportunities over the coming months.
Sarah Pashley, headteacher at Bridlington School Sports College said: “We are absolutely delighted that we are able to join the Get Set Network.
“This will open up lots of fantastic opportunities for our students and enable them to actively participate in the 2012 Olympic Games.
“We are also very relieved that the School Sports Partnership is continuing to thrive, despite the recent Government cuts.
“It’s survival is due to the determination and passion that exists for PE and School Sport within the East Riding.
“We are now looking forward to maximising the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to encourage our pupils and those in our partner schools to aim high and achieve success in all aspects of their lives.
“We also feel very honoured that, through the Get Set Network, Bridlington School will be championing the ethos of London 2012 and promoting the Spirit of the Games and the values of respect, excellence and friendship.”
Bridlington School has also been chosen as host to 65 East Riding schools, for a local School Sports Partnership (SSP), set up to enhance sports opportunities for all schoolchildren in the area.
Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), said: “When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people.
“I am proud to welcome Bridlington Sports College into the Get Set Network for their exciting work around the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic Values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality.”
LOCOG awarded Bridlington School a plaque and certificate to acknowledge their involvement in the London 2012 Education Programme.
Angel Sanderson, Partnership Development Manager for the Bridlington School Sports Partnership said that joining the Get Set initiative was “a fantastic opportunity for the school and for the School Sport Partnership”.
“As a school and as an SSP we must ensure that we build on the legacy of 2012 and promote the resources and opportunities available to all pupils across the East Riding.
“I am thrilled to be involved with such an exciting initiative.”
Through being part of the scheme Bridlington School earn the right to use the London 2012 education logo on their headed paper, website and school sign, and receive tickets for the Games through the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative.