TWO Ilkeston schools have been picked to pilot a grant scheme in the run-up to London 2012, giving them £8,800 each to spend on Olympics-related activities.
Just 40 other schools across the country have been picked to join the Get Set network and trial the scheme, before it is opened up to schools across the country.
Kirk Hallam Community, Technology and Sports College has appointed 16 year 10 students as Olympic ambassadors who promote the games to fellow pupils and in town primary schools.
They have led assemblies, met Olympic visitors, including gold medal winning kayaker Tim Brabant, designed an Olympic torch, and trained up younger students.
The money will be spent to increase the number of Olympic ambassadors in Ilkeston schools offer a training event for the new recruits.
The remainder of the cash is being used to create a large ceramic artwork to go on the outside wall of the new sport hall to display the Olympic rings. The final design will be made from student’s contributions.
Charlotte Infants and Nursery School is hoping to stage an Erewash Olympics with part of its grant involving every school in the borough.
The school is also planning to get parents involved with a community sports day.
Teacher Louise Jenkins said: “The Get Set scheme is brilliant but the funding means we’re able to get the resources to offer more chances for the kids to get involved with the Olympics. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them.”
Cash for the scheme has come from the Department for Education.
Schools can find out more about the scheme and how to apply on the Get Set website www.london2012.com/getset.
The second round of applications opens on November 28 and closes on January 6, 2012.