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Schools set to participate in local Olympics

Schools set to participate in local Olympics Local school children from across the West Midlands will be taking part in the Olympics 2012 Inspire to Aim Higher event, hosted at the RAF Museum Cosford on Tuesday 17th May. This special event is a collaboration with Wednesfield High School, together with South Cheshire College and Kingswood Outdoor Education Centre. The event aims to promote participation, inclusion and competition, whilst highlighting the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

Tuesday 17th May 2011, 9.30am – 2.30pm. Field Gun Crew Demonstration 12.10-12.45pm

Schools will be participating in a variety of activities during their visit including Athletics, Football, Tri Golf and Fencing.  One of the key highlights will be a demonstration from the RAF Cosford Field Gun Crew, led by Lt Cdr Ian Gould.  This sporting tradition sees a team of 18 people racing a gun and limber over a designated course.  It takes great mental and physical strength and is concluded with firing of the gun.

Phil Clayton, Education Officer at RAF Museum says:

“The Olympic event is a unique opportunity for learners to experience a range of sporting activities outside of the school environment.  This is the second time the Museum has hosted this event and it is a wonderful opportunity for learners to experience and learn a range of sports first hand.  The Cosford field gun crew demonstration will be a particularly visual and noisy highlight.”

Other activities taking place during the day include a lunchtime performance from the RAF Cosford band taking place in the Visitor Centre, prize giving ceremony including winners medals, RAF Motivational team and guest speakers, including Dionne Samuels of Birchfield Harriers.

Participating schools will also be completing an art competition which ties in with the Olympic theme by creating a unique logo.  Guest of Honour, John Gough, Director of Wolverhampton Wanderers football club will be judging the children’s work on the day and will announce the winner during the closing ceremony.

For more information on the Museum Access & Learning programme, please call 01902 376200 or visit:  The Museum is open daily from 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm), entry is FREE.

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