CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe for £25 today CLICK HERE

Young people in Kent are getting involved in the build-up to the London Games...

PUBLISHED: 00:16 25 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:57 20 February 2013

Pass the Passsion

Pass the Passsion

Young people in Kent are getting involved in the build-up to the London Games...

One of the ambitions behind London being chosen to host the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics was to inspire young people. Getting them involved in the excitement of the Games was the challenge set out by Seb Coe and his team, who were determined the London Games would be an opportunity for young people to make a difference in their own lives as well as for those in their local communities.

Pass the Passion is the campaign launched in 2008 by Kent County Council with Vista Leisure to work alongside Dover, Deal and Sandwich schools to show how the Olympic torch arrived at Dover in 1948 and was carried through Kent for that years Games and how history might just repeat itself in 2012.

Since 2008, all 52 local schools have been working together to recreate their own Torch relay across East Kent, design a welcome mural for visitors arriving at the Docks, perform a play and write their own song.

Behind the Games are strong values around personal excellence, respect and friendship, inspiration, determination and courage and equality. Kent schools and teachers have been working hard to bring the Olympics and Paralympics into the classroom and involve the children in activities based around what the Games mean to them.

More Kent schools have signed up to the London 2012 Get Set education programme than any other in the country and have subsequently had the opportunity to meet the official mascots Mandeville and Wenlock, win tours of the Olympic park and show parents and the local community that they are playing their part in the 2012 Games.

During the final countdown to the Games KCC, working closely with school teaching staff, has developed Go For It, which will be launching this month. Linking in with Get Set, all Kents 600 schools will be able to take the Go For It challenge.

Having activities included in their curriculum, children will get to know about the Games and their values, be creative, compete in sports activities and competitions, get involved in leadership, lead healthier lifestyles and create a lasting memento to record their own and their schools experiences and memories of London 2012.

Some 30,000 young people in Kent have experienced for themselves the adrenaline of being part of their own Olympic and Paralympic competition by their involvement in the biennial Kent School Games.

The first of its kind, and now being replicated nationally, the Kent School Games give competitors aged four to 16 the chance to feel the excitement of heats and trials to battle it out to hopefully make the finals and be crowned champions. They take part in nearly 40 different sports, including disability sports.

The Kent School Games next year will be extra special because from January to December it will be the Kent Year of Sport 2012 to inspire and encourage events and activities for the public to enjoy.

More from Out & About

Friday, December 6, 2019

Counteract all that festive over-indulgence with a winter walk through National Trust-owned Kentish countryside

Read more
Friday, December 6, 2019

The swashbuckling panto opens this month to Dartford's Orchard Theatre and is sure to keep the whole family laughing

Read more
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Nothing beats a festive carol concert to get music lovers in the festive spirit - so we've picked some great ones to try

Read more
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Santa will be making pitstops all over Kent - make sure you don't miss him with these grottos or train rides!

Read more
Monday, November 18, 2019

The Westerham Walk travels closely with the famous Greensand Way trail, taking you through superb woods and hidden valleys, to Churchill's house at Chartwell and striking views out to the Weald of Kent

Read more
Monday, November 18, 2019

Kent Life suggests some of the best spots in the Garden of England for a walk on a crisp, misty autumn day

Read more

Known for its wild countryside and farmland, the wonderful Weald of Kent is interspersed with some of our county's prettiest historic villages and towns

Read more

Close to Sevenoaks and with links to not one but two famous leaders, Westerham is a small country town with a big personality

Read more
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Let the Trust's series of festive events and activities help you enjoy a stress-free and fun lead-up to the big day

Read more

Join us on a literary journey around the Kent coast to see how it has inspired writers over the centuries

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life