Thousands of Worthing pupils set for Olympic extravaganza

W09565H12 WH OLYMPIC LAUNCH PIC S.G. 23.02.2012  The Launch of Worthing Schools Olympic project at Worthing College on Thursdaqy afternoon W09565h12
W09565H12 WH OLYMPIC LAUNCH PIC S.G. 23.02.2012 The Launch of Worthing Schools Olympic project at Worthing College on Thursdaqy afternoon W09565h12

THOUSANDS of Worthing pupils will take part in an Olympic extravaganza as local schools mark the 2012 games.

All schools in Worthing will take part in the event on June 27 when they will compete in their very own local games at Davison and Worthing leisure centres. There will be 21 different schools involved in the day, which is being run through the Get Set programme, from which the Vale School have received a grant of £8,800 to help run it.

The overall aim of the project is to use London 2012 to inspire all pupils to engage in sport in some aspect, whether it be participation, organisation, photography, design or running the scoring systems at events.

Debbie Webb, from the Vale School, has been working in partnership with Carina Leggett, from Downsbrook School, The Worthing school games organiser Ali Groves, and Tina Price and Dave Hall from Worthing Sixth Form College to get the ball rolling for the event.

Webb said: “We are really excited to be leading this project involving all first and middle schools in Worthing.

“Around 1,000 year-three pupils from Worthing schools will be engaged in a variety of multi-skills events, an opening ceremony and a mass Zumba dance. And pupils from years four to seven will then be taking part in activities such as rowing, volleyball, dance and the traditional athletics events.

“We are very excited about this event as the official Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville will be joining us for the day as well.”