Figures reveal children have been inspired by 2012 Games
More than half of school children in academies across the UK are doing extra sport after being inspired by the Olympics, new figures reveal.
A survey of pupils in academies run by the United Learning group
found that 60 per cent said they were encouraged to do more sport after
watching the Games. More than two thirds now want to try new sports
after being inspired by London 2012.
Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis were named as the most popular athletes
among students, and 86 per cent of children said the Olympics showed
them that anything is possible if they work hard enough.
Jon Coles, chief executive of United Learning, said: “These results
show the importance of London 2012 to children and young people across
the country. Our students were thrilled and inspired by what they saw.
“The legacy is not just confined to sport: the Olympic and Paralympic
Games have raised the aspirations of a generation, not only about what
they are capable of, but also about what our country can achieve.”
Hayley Burns, PE teacher at Walthamstow Academy, which is run by the
United Learning chain, said she saw a huge change in her students while
the Olympics was taking place near the school. She said: “As a result of
the Olympics coming here and the Olympic village being on our doorstep
there was a real buzz around and the kids really wanted to get involved.
“A lot more students want to get involved in sport and they are
asking us about different activities such as BMX and handball. There has
a big increase in the number of people wanting to try badminton as
well. We are trying to get different experts in to accommodate them. The
difference is unbelievable.”
Justice Maxwell, 16, from Walthamstow Academy, was given tickets to the athletics and velodrome by the school.
She said: “Before the Olympics I was part of a running club. I saw
Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis and I have been going to my running club
every week since then. I have started training for the 800 metres and
long jump now. Watching Jess Ennis made me want to follow the path she
Zach Aliane, 15, wants to help youngsters with disabilities after
watching the Paralympics. He said: “It would be a pleasure to do that as
a job or voluntarily.”
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