Pupils light up the way

Catcote School pupil Cameron Rice runs with Hartlepool Sixth Form College student Andrew Turner as they bring the 1948 Olympic Torch to the college sports field
Catcote School pupil Cameron Rice runs with Hartlepool Sixth Form College student Andrew Turner as they bring the 1948 Olympic Torch to the college sports field
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A HISTORIC Olympic torch was the guest of honour as dozens of youngsters helped re-create sporting history.

The actual torch used at the London Games in 1948 visited Hartlepool as part of a national drive to create a sporting legacy for the younger generation.

Around 100 pupils from Stranton Primary School and Catcote School Business and Enterprise College welcomed the flame to Hartlepool Sixth Form College for a relay before they tackled a range of sporting challenges including an obstacle course, mini stilts, hook-a-duck and a net scramble.

The Blakelock Road college hosted the event 414 days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

College students from the higher sports leaders (HSL) course have been working with the schools over the past nine months creating sporting activities for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

The event was organised in conjunction with Loughborough University, which looks after the 1948 Olympic torch, and the British Heart Foundation under the banner of its Lighting the Way programme.

It aims to create a sporting legacy for youngsters across the country by encouraging them to take part in sport and to lead healthier lifestyles.

The work the students have been doing with the school pupils will go towards the college gaining a Gold Award as part of the Lighting the Way programme.

Ben Robinson, director of sport at the college, said: “This event is the culmination of nine months of volunteering within Stranton and Catcote School delivering multi-sports coaching sessions.

“The higher sports leaders and other students have been supporting the schools with various activities incorporating the Olympic and Paralympic values, respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality, into the sessions.

“Loughborough University kindly loaned us the 1948 Olympic torch to re-enact the torch relay and give the school children and our students the opportunity to be involved with the Olympics history with just over a year to go to the 2012 Games.”

Sports science student Andrew Turner, 18, said: “The HSL course has given me the opportunity to work with a variety of special groups of people.

“As part of the HSL team we have worked hard to plan this event linking in the Olympic and Paralympic values and we were all looking forward to seeing the kids’ faces during the torch relay.”