Youngsters get Olympic chance
CHILDREN at a Kesgrave primary school set their creative minds into gear when they designed their dream cycling venues for the Olympics.Their vision of the future earned them a deserved place in the final of the London 2012 VeloDream competition, and this week, some of the pupils are off to the capital to see if they've won.
CHILDREN at a Kesgrave primary school set their creative minds into gear when they designed their dream cycling venues for the Olympics.
Their vision of the future earned them a deserved place in the final of the London 2012 VeloDream competition, and this week, some of the pupils are off to the capital to see if they've won.
Heath Primary School, in Bell Lane, was one of 500 schools across the country to take part in the competition, launched by the Olympic Delivery Authority, which has now been whittled down to the final ten.
Launched in September last year, the competition asked school children aged five to 16 to come up with their dream venue to host the cycling sports of a future games.
In 2007 the school examined the SnOasis project in Ipswich as part of a topic about environmental change. They then began to explore how London and the south of England could be affected by the 2012 Olympic stadium, and came across the VeloDream competition.
Teacher Richard Bevan said: “Like all schools we are always proud of our pupils' achievements, however in contributing to this competition we are so proud of all the children in year six.
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“The enthusiasm of the year six teachers rubbed off on the children and was repaid by the way all the children took it on and ran with it.
“We really feel that the Olympic ideal of striving for the best that individuals can achieve is vital and the year group we have at the moment seem to believe in it in all the things that they do.”
The school will head to London for an awards ceremony on Wednesday and Thursday, where Olympics minister Tessa Jowell will announce the winning school.
All schools will also be given a trip round the London 2012 Olympic Park site in east London.
After the games, a road cycle circuit and mountain biking facilities will be added to the velodrome - or cycling track - to create a legacy VeloPark.
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The 2.5 square kilometre site of the Olympic park in east London is contaminated land, so significant remediation work is needed to clean it up. More than 220 buildings also have to be demolished.
Up to 180,000 spectators a day will enter the park to enjoy the games.
The Velodrome and the temporary BMX track, to be built in the north of the Olympic park, will have seating for 6,000 spectators each.
The Olympic village built next to the park will be home to approximately 17,000 athletes and officials.
After the games the area will be transformed into the largest urban park created in Europe for more than 150 years.