Press Release

11 October 2011

Coca-Cola's London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay nomination campaign is heading to Canterbury Christ Church University to find 'Future Flames' and celebrate them with the chance to carry Olympic Flame.

Schools are encouraged to visit the torch at Christ Church when it comes to Kent
Schools are encouraged to visit the torch at Christ Church when it comes to Kent

The Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Tour will be coming to Canterbury Christ Church University on Wednesday 2nd November 2011 as part of a nationwide search for inspirational young people -– Future Flames – to carry the Olympic Flame during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

To recognise and reward the positive contributions made by young people in the region every day, Coca-Cola, a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, will be calling on everyone in the Canterbury region to nominate the Future Flames they know: young people who use their passion in areas like sport and physical activity, music and dance, and community and the environment; to spread happiness in their local communities. 

Coca-Cola is encouraging everyone to come down to Canterbury Christ Church University to nominate inspirational young people who they believe should be celebrated with the opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame.

The campaign is backed by music artists Dizzee Rascal, The Wanted, Eliza Doolittle, and You Me At Six who are all calling on Canterbury to nominate the Future Flames they know.

Silvia Rasca, President of Christ Church Students’ Union commented: “We are delighted to welcome the Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Tour, so that the people of Canterbury celebrate all the amazing things our local young people are doing. We want everyone in Canterbury to nominate the inspirational young people they know and give them the chance to run with the Olympic Flame next summer.”

Throughout the summer, the Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Tour will be heading to some of the UK’s hottest festivals and venues, as well as visiting city centres and summer hot spots to call on everyone to nominate the best of British youth. 

Notes to Editor

The music artists that are backing Coca-Cola’s Future Flames nominations campaign commented:  

  • Dizzee Rascal: “It’s time to recognise young people in this country and Coke’s Future Flames campaign does just that.  See the person, not the age.  I see young people judged all the time and there’s negativity about them.  But people should look at reality – many young people are making a positive difference but no one hears about it.  We can change that by nominating the Future Flames we know.”
  • Jay McGuiness from The Wanted: “If you know any brilliant young people that deserve a bit more recognition than they're getting, let us know, because we want you to nominate them as Future Flames! We know there's loads out there that slip under the radar, so if you have anyone in mind, don't leave it to someone else, nominate them! Go onnnn!”
  • Eliza Doolittle: “It's great that Coke is giving young people the chance to be involved in something as amazing as the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. The youth of the UK get such bad press which I really don't think they deserve.  We all need to recognise the huge amount of positive things teens are doing and what they give back to the community - everyone needs to nominate the Future Flames they know.”
  • Josh Franceschi from You Me At Six: “All around the country young people are using their love of music, dance, sport and the environment to make a positive difference.  It’s amazing that along with Coke we’re going to celebrate them with the chance to run with the Olympic Flame – what an awesome experience! Everyone should get involved.  Get nominating the Future Flames you know.”

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, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received 'outstanding' grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University's primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.




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