Former Olympic gymnast and Commonwealth Games gold medal holder, Craig Heap, will be in Northumberland on December 5 to promote the London 2012 Olympic ‘Get Set’ scheme and network for schools.
Craig, who now lives in the North East, has represented England over 100 times in various international gymnastic competitions.
He will be visiting Hirst Middle school in Ashington which has signed up to the Get Set programme to talk to teachers and young children about sport.
‘Get Set’ is the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across the UK. It is driven by an interactive website which features a host of free resources including films, activity and fact sheets for three-19 year olds giving young people across the UK the chance to learn about Olympic and Paralympic values and play their part in the 2012 Games.
Any registered school or college in the UK can also become a member of the Get Set network and receive rewards and recognition from London 2012.
Schools that join the network before December 16 will get access to exclusive rewards and opportunities, including an allocation of free tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
There is also the opportunity to apply for a ‘Plan Your 2012’ grant of up to £8,800 to lead activities which encourage other schools to engage in the London 2012 Games.
The closing date for the second round of funding available for Get Set Network schools, is January 6, 2012.
To be considered for an award the school applies and is encouraged to blog about their ideas and plans for celebrating London 2012 and the Olympic values.
The North East is currently fifth across the UK in terms of the number of schools that have registered for Get Set. So far, 41 schools in Northumberland have signed up to the scheme.
Councillor Neil Bradbury, executive member for customer services and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “The Get Set programme gives school children more opportunities to get involved with the 2012 Games and benefit from all the exciting events taking place.
‘I’m pleased to see so many schools in the Northumberland are keen to take part and I hope this inspires other schools to get involved and reap all the benefits of the London 2012 education programme.”
Craig Heap added: “Ashington’s Hirst Middle School has made a fantastic commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic values. The Games are inspiring all of the young people to get involved and make a difference. I hope that every school will take the opportunity to join the Get Set Network by December 16 and maximize the opportunities available to them.”
Schools can find out more about the scheme and how to apply on the London 2012 ‘Get Set’ website, www.london2012.com/getset, or by contacting Northumberland County Council on email: London2012inNorthumberland@