I was delighted to visit two of the Host Boroughs this week – Hackney and Waltham Forest – and received a great welcome.
Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney is just one of the local schools in the London 2012 Get Set network and it is no surprise when you see the time and effort that the students have invested in their work. It is incredible and a real asset to Hackney and to London.
In particular, they have done great work on the 'Get Set to make your mascot' competition, a challenge we set to young people across the UK to design a customised version of Wenlock or Mandeville to represent their area and community. For Mossborne, Wenlock was dressed in their school colours.
I had the chance to see first-hand one of our Inspire mark projects, Met-Track, which is a Metropolitan Police initiative that takes athletics into schools. I met JJ Jegede and Jason Hussain who are two of the British athletes involved with the scheme. It is fantastic to see the level of commitment from these students and we may even have some young athlete stars in the making.
I was thoroughly enthused by the school and their involvement with the Get Set programme. The Games are making a real difference to the area in which I use to train as an athlete.
Next to Buxton School in Waltham Forest, which certainly brought alive the Olympic and Paralympic Values with their assembly. The values play a huge role in an athlete's competition life and the pupils demonstrated how these can still be transferred to everyday life.
The London 2012 Games are a Games for everyone, and there are an array of projects involving local communities. SN4P is another Inspire mark initiative which falls under the Changing Places project where students identify areas that they would like to improve their local environment. It is fantastic to see these young people fully engaged with a project to better their community, and shows how the Games really are making a difference.
There were question and answer sessions at both schools and throughout my visits I've certainly learned that young people ask the trickiest questions.
So all in all it was a great day and I appreciated the support of Mayor Jules Pipe from Hackney, Cllr Chris Robbins from Waltham Forest, Jennette Arnold AM and John Cryer MP who participated in the visits.
So two spirit-lifting visits to schools – extraordinary children, extraordinary teachers. Thank you for a great day!
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