Seb Coe and Jeremy Hunt visit Medway Park

Photo of Lord Coe and Jeremy Hunt MP with Medway school children at Medway ParkLord Sebastian Coe and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Medway Park as part of a nationwide tour to promote the National School Games.

Local school children were able to show off their sporting skills to the London 2012 Chairman and the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, who were also given a tour of Medway's £11m centre of sporting excellence.

Mr Hunt said: “The facilities at Medway Park are excellent, what better advert for the kind of legacy the London 2012 can create.”

The National School Games willl be held for the first time next year to coincide with the Olympics coming to the UK. Its aim is to transform competitive sport in schools and get more young people aged four to 16 active.

The Games are open to all schools with three levels of competition; class vs class, school vs school and then county-wide sports festivals. The Medway Games and Kent School Games provide the inter-school and county-wide element of the programme.

Picture of Lord Sebastien CoeThe national finals will be held at the Olympic Park in London. Schools have until the end of the year to sign up.

Olympic gold medallist Lord Coe told the Medway Messenger: “The School Games is a fantastic opportunity for young people to be inspired by sport. It is great to see so many schools already signed up and I look forward to seeing them  achieving their personal bests and cheering on their teammates in the Olympic Park venues."

Mr Hunt added: "This is what the Olympic dream was when Lord Coe helped to win the Olympic Games for London. The dream was to create a sporting legacy for young people."

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