Sports charity Inspire+ has once again organised a Legacy Tour of schools across South Kesteven, encouraging young people to stay active.
This year’s tour which began on March 3 and will run until June 6, focuses on the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow through both sports and educational activities.
Inpire+ Operations Manager Chris Graves explained: “We want to give them an insight into the Games and also teach them about what the Commonwealth actually is, for example learning which countries are included.”
At each school Inspire+ staff will lead assemblies supported by Young Ambassadors, who will pick a number at random to select a competing country of the Commonwealth Games.
As well as learning about their selected country across the curriculum, the school will represent that country at this summer’s Mini Olympics at the Grantham Meres stadium on June 26.
Every school will also be able to write a good luck message to the Commonwealth England team and attach it to a model of the Games mascot, which will be presented to a representative of the England team prior to the Games.
In addition this year’s tour aims to highlight the importance of an active lifestyle to students, with Chris adding:“We are encouraging them to do 60 minutes of exercise a day.”
To mark each leg of the tour the Young Ambassadors from the previous school will hand over a special relay baton and read out a pledge.
Then every school will receive Paralympic sports equipment in the form of a blind football and blindfolds, which Inspire+ were able to purchase after being awarded the Lloyd’s Bank Community Fund.
This follows on from the success of last year’s tour inspired by the 2012 Paralympics to deliver the message ‘sport for all’, during which every one of Inspire+’s member schools received a boccia set to enable their pupils to experience disability sports.
Chris said: “The Olympics and Paralympics had such a big impact, as we saw how it really inspired the kids. It is so important to keep this legacy alive.”