Olympic champion to visit six Gosport schools as part of torch relay project

VISIT Darren Campbell
VISIT Darren Campbell

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STUDENTS at Bridgemary Community Sports College, Gosport, have made their own version of the Olympic torch and will take it to primary schools in the area as part of a relay.

Once at the schools the students will lead an assembly on the history of the Olympic torch and provide an update on London 2012.

They will then invite pupils at the primary schools to make their own torches and bring them to an event at the college in July to celebrate the arrival of the torch in Gosport.

As part of the project, Olympic gold medallist sprinter Darren Campbell is visiting the college today and he will help launch the relay.

Darren will go with some of the college’s students and the torch to visit Holbrook, Bedenham, Woodcot, Peel Common and Grange primary schools, all of which are in Gosport.

At each school he will host a special assembly and answer questions about his sporting career as part of an inspirational workshop.

Bridgemary Community Sports College won a recognition award at the Youth Sport Trust conference last October, which was organised by Sky Sports Living for Sport.

The award was for the college’s projects to encourage youngsters to become more interested in education, and Darren’s visit is part of the prize.

Jo Radford, the college’s assistant headteacher, said: ‘The Olympics has driven our school’s health system since it was announced that it was coming to Britain.

‘We realised we could use it as a drive to encourage our youngsters to be the best they can be, whether that is through sport or through another talent.

‘We have done a lot of work with our feeder primary schools so it’s very important that Darren has the chance to visit them too.’