PUPILS at an Evesham school are counting down to this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games by throwing themselves into helping the local community.
Students at Prince Henry’s High School are working hard ahead of launching a variety of projects as part of the Get Set for Community Action Programme.
Created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, and made possible due to the Big Lottery Fund, the UK-wide programme aims to help thousands of 14-19 years old to strengthen relationships between young people and their communities.
And pupils at Prince Henry’s plan to do just that through sports days, jazz cafes, arts and crafts workshops and food banks over the next few months, impacting on more than 100 local children and members of the community.
PE teacher Sophie Thorner is helping the children with their project, and admits she has been impressed with their dedication to their work and their local area.
“The children came up with all the ideas and a plan of action themselves,” she said.
“It’s all about forging links between the school and the community and teaching the children new skills that are going to benefit them in later life.
“Hopefully it will encourage them to take up volunteering and help more people in the community.
“The project will break down the barriers they may face and give them confidence to go out into the local area.”
Prince Henry’s was one of more than 65 specially selected champion schools attended a national training day at Villa Park in Birmingham last year.
With less than six months to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, pupils are helping to build the excitement leading up to the summer, something which Mrs Thorner insists is allowing the children to flourish.
“The students will learn the values of the Olympic Games through the projects, including building friendships, organisation, resourcefulness and working under pressure,” she added.
“It has really shown just how much the children want to help other people in the community,” she added.
Get Set for Community Action is a new UK-wide programme for young people and their communities created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association and made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.
Visit www.getsetaction.org.uk for more information.