The 'Support a team' scheme will help students prepare for the arrival of athletes and visitors from around the world to their communities in 2012, encouraging them to learn about the cultures of their chosen teams.
Launched to coincide with International Education Week, the new initiative is a major strand of the Get Set goes global programme.
Marking the launch, Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), today visited Perryfields Primary School in Oldbury, Sandwell, near Birmingham.
The school has chosen to support the Ethiopian Olympic team as they have been inspired by the achievements of Haile Gebrselassie; and the Zambian Paralympic team because they have links with a Zambian school.
Olympian Haile Gebrselassie said: ‘I am delighted to hear that young people will be learning about and supporting my fellow Ethiopian athletes in the lead-up to the London 2012 Games.
'Thank you to the young people at Perryfields Primary School, and to all of the other young people planning to follow Ethiopia, for your support.’
Sport uniting the world
Free learning resources are available from the Get Set website, which can also help other schools select teams to support.
LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: ‘I am delighted to think that, through ‘Support a team’, we will have a knowledgeable, interested and excited group of young supporters to welcome our athletes in 2012. I would urge all schools to select their teams now’.
As part of the official London 2012 education programme, Get Set goes global aims to help students explore how sport brings the world together. The first strand of the programme, ‘Get Set for the Olympic Truce’, was launched in September 2011