07 November 2011
Olympic fever came to Kent last week as Canterbury Christ Church University hosted the Coca-Cola Future Flames Olympic Torch Tour.
Local school children and residents queuing to have their photo taken with the Torch
The special event cemented the University’s commitment to helping develop an Olympic legacy in the county, as the Tour searched for the final ten Flame Bearers to carry the Olympic Torch on its relay around the UK, ahead of the Olympics next year.
It was also the only time that the Torch will visit Kent prior to its tour in July 2012, and as such over 800 students from the city’s universities and colleges, local school children and residents took advantage of this extremely rare and exciting opportunity to see an Olympic icon.
Local Olympic gold medallist Sean Kerly was joined by the Dover born England and Olympic hockey player Mel Clewlow, and South African hockey player Jenny Wilson, who opened the day’s event at the North Holmes Road Campus.
Sean said: “Today is all about getting our communities involved and engaged with the Olympics.
“Sport has always been a very important part of my life, and can be a big part of everybody’s. Having an event like the Olympics in your own country can help to galvanise youngsters to hopefully want to play sport and be involved in such a worldwide event.”
Mel Clewlow added: “The Torch relay will be travelling through Canterbury and other Kentish towns next summer and it’s an incredible opportunity for the people of Kent to be part of the Olympic celebration.”
Olympians Jenny Wilson, Mel Clewlow and Sean Kerly with the London 2012 Olympic Torch
Becky Lamyman, General Manager of Christ Church Students’ Union, said: “We have had such a great reaction from local schools, colleges and local residents joining us to celebrating the Torch coming to Kent. It is very important for us to be part of our community and organise events like this help bring us all together.”
The Coca-Cola Future Flames Olympic Torch Tour aims to find the final ten Flame Bearers. These places have been reserved nationally for students, and school children, aged from 12 to become the final Flame Bearers to recognise and reward the positive contributions made by young people in our region, every day.
The day included a large variety of entertainment and activity including local student bands and sporting challenges and games, which were organised by Christ Church Students' Union, Canterbury College, Canterbury City Council, K College and Kent Union.
Notes to Editor
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