Lord Coe praises Portsmouth music project

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OLYMPICS organiser Lord Coe has praised a Portsmouth music project, which was awarded a prize for its work with schoolchildren.

The council-run Portsmouth Music Service, which promotes music education, was granted an Olympics ‘Inspire’ mark for its Singathlon – a sporting-themed songbook for primary schoolchildren.

Lord Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, said: ‘Singathlon is encouraging young people to fulfil their potential.

‘I am proud that, with the help of partners such as Portsmouth Music Service, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in singing.’

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises Olympic-inspired projects.

The Singathlon contains 18 songs about Olympic events and the values of hard work and ambition.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘It’s great that Portsmouth Music Service has been awarded the Inspire mark.

‘It’s another example of how in Portsmouth we’re getting involved in this great event and getting excited for the games.’