Ministers to launch Olympics in schools
Competitive sport is set to be revived in England’s schools with the launch of a national competition based around the Olympics.
The initiative is to be announced by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Michael Gove at the City of London Academy.
The aim is to ensure the 2012 London Olympics leaves a lasting sporting legacy.
Events will involve a wide range of sports including football, rugby, netball, golf, cricket, tennis, athletics, judo, gymnastics, swimming, table tennis, cycling and volleyball.
The first championship will take place in the run-up to the 2012 Games, with paralympic-style events staged in parallel for young people with disabilities.
Mr Hunt said: “I want to give a real boost to competitive sport in schools using the power of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games to encourage young people – whatever age or ability – to take part in this new competition.
“Sport – whether you win or lose – teaches young people great lessons for life. It encourages teamwork, dedication and striving to be the best that you can be.”