Schools to stage Olympic torch relayBy Victoria Smith
April 24, 2012
Pupils will be lacing up their running shoes to bring the Olympic spirit to Bracknell Forest next month when schools stage a torch relay.
Dozens of primary and secondary schools are signed up to take part in the relay, which will begin on Tuesday, May 22, and end on Wednesday, May 23.
To mark the London 2012 Olympics, pupils will carry a torch from school to school in the borough, with 39 schools signed up to take part.
Bob Welch, chief adviser: learning and achievement at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “The aim is to celebrate the Olympics. The torch relay will symbolise the friendship and collaboration across the schools in Bracknell Forest.
“The relay will start at Binfield Primary School on the morning of Tuesday, May 22, and will finish the next day at Bracknell Leisure Centre in the afternoon where the final leg of the relay will be run around the track, followed by fun, Olympic-themed activities.
“All the children who take part in the event will be at the leisure centre to cheer on the torch during this final stage of the relay.
“It will be a fantastic event and one I am sure the children will remember for years to come.”
Mayor of Bracknell Forest Chris Turrell will start the relay, as well as welcome the last relay runner at the leisure centre.
The event is a joint project between Bracknell Forest Council and the Bracknell Forest Schools Partnership. The project started with a competition for secondary schools to design and make an Olympic-style torch. The winning design was won by a pupil from Ranelagh School.
A second competition was run at primary schools, where pupils were given the opportunity to design the torch relay mascot. The winning design was won by a pupil from Binfield CE Primary School.
Councillor Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said: “The schools torch relay is going to be a wonderful event. I am looking forward to it, as I am sure the children and young people are too.”