06 August 2012
Canterbury Christ Church University welcomed a host of delegates alongside a representative from the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to a symposium on Olympism, Olympic Education and Learning Legacies.
The International Olympics Symposium, held on Friday 03 August 2012, debated the wide range of educational opportunities for an Olympic host city, looking at London 2012 and beyond.
Hosted by Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, Reader in Olympic Studies and the Social Analysis of Sport in the Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure at Christ Church, the conference welcomed keynote speaker, Nick Fuller, Head of Education at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).
The keynote speech focussed on the educational activities created by LOCOG to inspire learning prior to and after London 2012, focussing in particular on the ‘Get Set’ initiative, arguably one of the largest extra-curricular programmes in the UK.
The ‘Get Set Network’ successfully engaged 20,495 schools, helping to capture the imagination of young people in the UK and inspire a legacy for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Speaking at the conference, Nick Fuller, Head of Education at LOCOG, said: “London 2012 has created a broad range of educational activities, reaching 12.9 million people in 20 countries.
“It (Get Set) is an amazing platform to inspire learning, stimulate desire to participate and inspire advocacy at a local level, whilst using the power of sport to inspire children around the world.”
Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, said: “This was the first symposium of its kind that focussed on education in relation to the Olympic movement and we were delighted to see so many delegates sharing an interest in the topic.
“The symposium has also promised to renew its commitment to education and the Olympics organising future events on the same topic, where we hope to gather momentum for future Olympic Games.”
Among the guests were delegates from the International Olympic Committee, the International Olympic Academy and representatives from over 15 countries, including Nigeria, Taiwan, USA, Brazil, and a host of delegates from across Europe.
The symposium was addressed by Professor Norbert Müller, co-organiser of the symposium and President of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, and Antoine de Navacelle, great nephew of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
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