As London 2012 fever grips us all, St. Patricks College Bearnageeha in North Belfast has been selected as one of 16 schools (from throughout the UK) that will provide activities for members of the public at the Olympic Park Stadium in an area called the 'Great British Garden' during the Olympics Games in London.
The school will be participating in the Activ8 Young Leaders programme in September and what better stage for future sports leaders in Northern Ireland to gain experience than at the London 2012 Games.
The Activ8 Young Leaders programme aims to develop the leadership skills of young people to inspire more people to participate in sport and physical activity.
The experience will allow the Young Leaders learning to be transferred into school activities and programmes, which will allow the school to review, sustain and increase participation in sport. The experience will inspire young people and help them lead constructive change within the school in terms of PE programme design and also after schools sports programmes.
Following months of fund-raising and hard work eight young leaders and two teachers from the school will attend London 2012 on 8 August for five days. Each school was asked to select eight students that would lead activities for four consecutive days of the games.
The travelling party was seen off at the international Airport by John News (Participation Manager-Sport Northern Ireland) and Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 Wildcat Mascot, Bounce.
Activ8 Young Leaders is part of the Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 programme which is a participation campaign which encourages children and young people to do 60 minutes of physical activity every day to stay active and keep healthy.
To find out more about Activ8 opportunities in your area visit www.activ8ni.net