- July 2nd, 2012
- Comments: noneTags: commonwealth games, leadership
Falkirk Council has worked on a number Olympic based projects this year, 3 of which were granted ‘Inspire marks’ by London 2012. It will be our intention to re-evaluate these projects and see how we can improve on them and carry them forward for Glasgow 2014.
Going for Gold – this is an accreditation based program centred around 12 specific ‘Olympic’ challenges for schools to try and achieve – we had a fantastic uptake from schools with 46 of our 49 primary schools taking up the challenge. The program has been a huge success giving children and teachers extra opportunities and raising the awareness and appreciation for the Olympics to a fantastic level. Children from these schools will most definitely have a greater appreciation and a lasting legacy of the 2012 Olympics as a result of this project. We will be aiming to replicate this program for the Glasgow 2014 Games and it is my belief that this could actually be a national initiative.
Falkirk’s Future Stars – This is a role model based initiative where we take talented secondary school sports performers back to their local primary schools to deliver positive talks or demonstrations to younger pupils to inspire them to be the best they can be. This program has been running for 4 years now and is very successful – this year we tailored the program to incorporate the Olympic and Paralympic values and beliefs. It will be our aim to tailor the program to fit in with the Commonwealth Games over the next 2 years. Receiving a star visit is now a goal tied in to Going for Gold.
P7 Olympics / Commonwealth Games – Every 2 years we hold either an Olympic Games or a Commonwealth Games depending on what event is on – we have 49 primary schools take part with over 2,000 pupils taking part in a variety of Olympic / Paralympic / Commonwealth sports. Every school is assigned a country to represent and they do some class research on that country as well as make flags and banners of the country for the day – it is a great tool to engage pupils in the games and to take an interest in the cultural aspect of the games and competing countries. We now tie this project in with some of the Going for Gold outcomes.
The project above are a main reason as to why Falkirk and its young people have truly embraced the 2012 London Olympics, this was demonstrated by more than 10,000 school pupils and 56 schools coming out to line the route and cheer on the torch as it came through Falkirk on the 13th of June.