Students from Bath Spa University have developed a free resource for primary schools in South West England, inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Values.
Teachers were invited to a launch event on Wednesday 28 March at the Assembly Rooms in Bath, hosted by Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor at Bath Spa University and Rt. Hon. Don Foster MP.
The resource contains ten activities that celebrate local, ‘South West’ links with the Games. It creates opportunities for children to learn about Olympians and Paralympians who train here, local artists who have been inspired by the Games and important local people, such as Hodgson Pratt, who have played key roles in the modern Olympic Games.
The students have sought advice from education professionals and piloted the activities in four local primary schools.
Copies of the resource will be distributed free of charge to primary schools in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It will also be made available online for primary schools in the South West to download it from the Bath Spa University, RELAYS, Team West of England websites.
Bath Spa University student Peter Jones said: "We’ve been working on this project for about 18 months and we’ve learnt lots of useful skills. Taking part has inspired several of us to become teachers once we graduate."
Rt. Hon Don Foster, MP for Bath said, "When the UK bid to host the 2012 Games, we stressed the importance of the lasting legacy they could bring; legacy benefits for sport, culture, business, tourism and education.
"This excellent educational resource, produced by students from Bath Spa University, uses local links with the Olympics and Paralympics to stimulate a range of educational activities which can be used for years to come; a lasting educational legacy of the Games."
The initiative has been awarded the Inspire Mark, which recognises and supports outstanding projects taking place around the UK that are providing new opportunities for young people and their communities as a result of the Games.
The project is supported by RELAYS and Team West of England, but has been fully led by the students themselves.
RELAYS is a London 2012 legacy project based in universities across the South West that aims to inspire young people to volunteer, try new sports and be creative. RELAYS is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.