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Compton School pupils inspired to keep Olympic legacy alive in Barnet
Schoolchildren are determined to ensure the London 2012 legacy lives on after rubbing shoulders with an Olympic and Paralympic champion.
Pupils at The Compton School in Summers Lane, North Finchley, attended a Get Set to Make a Change (GSTMC) workshop at Three Mills Studios, near the Olympic Park, where they were given advice from London 2012 gold medallist Etienne Stott and former Paralympic champion Natalie Jones.
They were offered support and ideas on how to plan a community project using the Olympic Games as their inspiration.
After meeting Stott and Jones, 15-year-old Sian Sinclair is bursting with ideas for the school’s plan to host a sports fair for their local community.
Sian said: “The Get Set workshop was great as we learned different things, gained inspiration and took new ideas back for our community.
“Our aim is to bring more sports into our local area, share them and let people know that there are plenty of things they can do. We want to do a sports fair and the idea we got from Get Set was to contact sports clubs and let people know about new sports.
“London 2012 was very inspiring. I went there four times and loved to see the athletes being so determined to win and I want to see that carried on.”
Watch The Compton School pupils in action at the Get Set to Make a Change workshop:
The GSTMC programme aims to inspire nearly 5,000 teenagers across the UK to deliver pledges of support to their community.
Stott said: “The excitement the London Olympics and Paralympics generated was massive and for me it is important it is not confined to that year but leaks into society and brings change and makes a difference to people’s lives for as long as possible.
“I just want to help generate energy and excitement and I really want to just tell people that they can make a difference that not only makes you better but the people around you better to and that is the great thing about this programme.”
The programme is being run by the British Olympic Foundation in conjunction with the British Paralympic Association and is supported by a £2.5m grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Keeping the Spirit of 2012 Alive campaign.
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