A day to celebrate the Summer of Sport Inspire accolade

Published on 16th May 2012

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Today (16 May), UK Inspire Day will be celebrating the London 2012 Inspire Programme and its family of more than 2,700 exceptional projects.

That have been inspired by the Games to do something special in their local communities, of which the council’s Summer of Sport programme is one.

To celebrate Inspire Day and the Olympic Torch coming to Cheltenham, the Sports Development Team at the council in partnership with Kirsty Dunleavy, the School Games Organiser for Cheltenham has organised an exciting Schools Triathlon. The event will take place at leisure@cheltenham on 23 May, the day the Torch Relay comes to Cheltenham. Secondary schools will be sending teams of four pupils (two girls, two boys) to represent their school in a real Olympic Triathlon. Events will include a 2012m run, a swim and also cycling. Each team's scores will be tallied up for the different events and the winners will receive gold medals, with silver and bronze awarded for the second and third places.

The team are also hosting a Girls Touch Rugby game at the Prince of Wales stadium and an Archery coaching event for Primary Schools, with the top three pupils from each school getting awarded with medals.

Tom Sparks, Sports Development Officer for Cheltenham Borough Council said "This event will bring School pupils even closer to the Olympic Games and the sports they will see on the television during the summer. Both Primary and Secondary Schools will have the chance to compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to take home. We have worked in close partnership with Kirsty Dunleavy at the School Games team and are proud to be able to offer this chance to celebrate the Inspire accolade and the Torch coming to town in the form of this event".

Rowena Hay, cabinet member for sports and culture, added: “The Summer of Sport organised and delivered by Cheltenham Borough Council has been granted the prestigious Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme, which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games. The programme gives young people the chance to try out many Olympic sports that they will see at the London Games whilst having fun and being part of an Inspire programme linked to the London 2012 Games.”

The Summer of Sport 2012 will run from 23 July through until 31 August and will include a large number of coaching workshops in Olympic sports from Archery, Water Polo, Fencing, Badminton and lot’s more!

Details about the programme will be released nearer the time but for information about other projects you can visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk/sport