The Olympic Football tournament which kicks off the London 2012 Games will begin on the 25 July and will see 58 matches take place across six major Football grounds in the UK including City of Coventry Stadium, Hampden Park, Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford, St James’ Park, and Wembley Stadium.
The Get Set network students from 24 primary schools, located nearby the grounds, will act as flag bearers and player escorts. The flag bearers will carry out the national flags of the teams that are playing onto the pitch at the beginning of a match whilst player escorts will walk onto the pitch with the captains at the beginning of a match. In a final or bronze medal match, all players will walk on with a player escort.
Both the flag bearers and player escorts will be responsible for leading the teams and match officials onto the pitch.
The schools have been selected through the reward and recognition programme of Get Set, the official London 2012 education programme. They have demonstrated a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values and incorporating them into their school lives and curriculum.
LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe said: ‘There are already so many exciting ways schools are getting involved and playing their part in London 2012. This is another great opportunity run through Get Set which will show London 2012’s commitment to put young people at the heart of the Games.’
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The schools taking part in the Olympic Games Football tournament are:
Wembley Stadium - London
Furness Primary School
Elmgrove Primary School
St Andrew and St Francis C of E Junior School
West Twyford Primary School
Millennium Stadium - Wales
Baden Powell Primary School
Eglwys Newydd J & I School
Millbank Primary School
Ysgol Mynydd Bychan
City of Coventry Stadium - West Midlands
St Osburgs RC Primary School
Keresley Grange Primary School
Hollyfast Primary School
St John Fisher RC Primary School
Hampden Park - Scotland
Ibrox Primary School
Battlefield Primary School
Hutchesons Grammar School
Old Trafford - North West
St Anns RC Primary School
Our Ladys RC Primary School
Holy Family VA RC Primary School
St Hugh Of Lincoln RC Primary School
St James’ Park - North East
Caedmon Community Primary School
Lobley Hill Primary School
Canning Street Primary School
Ravenswood Primary School
The Official London 2012 Join In app is a free mobile guide to help you plan, enjoy and share your Games experience. From the Olympic Torch Relay to the Olympics and Paralympics, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, plus all the cultural, city and community celebrations happening across the UK, the Official London 2012 Join In App is your essential companion. It is available now at app stores and at http://www.london2012.com/mobileapps/
Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across the UK. It provides free learning resources for 3-19 year olds to find out more about the Games and explore the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect, and the Paralympic Values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality. It also offers access to exciting prizes and opportunities through participation in competitions and partner programmes. There are over 23,500 schools and colleges registered with Get Set.
The Get Set network is the London 2012 reward and recognition scheme for the active community of schools and colleges across the UK that are demonstrating a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Members of the network gain the right to use the London 2012 education logo, and are given priority access to the most exclusive prizes and opportunities. There are currently over 17400 members of the Get Set network. Visit www.london2012.com/getset for more information.
London 2012 World Sport Day, which will open Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week in England and Wales, will give young people in thousands of schools across the UK the chance to take part in the final UK-wide Get Set event before the start of the London 2012 Games, and to join together in celebrating how sport can bring the world together. London 2012 World Sport Day will take place on Monday 25th June 2012. For more information about World Sport Day please visit www.london2012.com/worldsportday.
Lloyds TSB is the official Banking and Insurance Partner of London 2012. For more information on Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week and schools who wish to register please visit www.schoolsportweek.org
London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.
There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and two domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Suppliers, Otto Bock and Panasonic. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.