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Starting Blocks are giving one lucky school the chance to win a visit from David Weir CBE

Posted by Charley Rogers | May 22, 2017 | Events

Starting Blocks, the official education programme supporting the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017, is offering a chance to win a school visit from six-time Paralympic champion David Weir CBE, and official World Para Athletics Championship mascot Whizbee the Bee.

Designed to inspire, motivate and engage young people, Starting Blocks is the official education programme for the Summer of World Athletics. The digital hub provides free, curriculum-linked resources for teachers of pupils aged five to 14. All resources are specially designed to open young people’s eyes to new opportunities and experiences through classroom activities and whole-school ideas.

David Weir CBE, six-time Paralympic champion, said:

“I’m delighted to be involved with Starting Blocks, which can help to engage and inspire young people through the power of sport. As the excitement builds for London 2017, I’m looking forward to visiting one lucky school in the UK. It should be a fantastic summer of world-class sport and this offer is a great opportunity for schools to get involved, so make sure you sign up to Starting Blocks for a chance to win.”

All schools registering before Friday May 26th will stand a chance of winning a school visit from Weir and Whizbee, and there are plenty of other chances to win, with 150 Summer of World Athletics posters and a signed limited edition ‘The Race Is On’ print on offer. 

The biggest event to be staged at the London Stadium since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is the first time both the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships have been held in the same city in the same year.

The World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017 are together the biggest sport event in the world in 2017. Three themes from Starting Blocks will help to get your students inspired and engaged:

•   A Summer of World Athletics introduces young people to the events and excitement of the summer and to the sport of Athletics in PE and Sport.

•   The World in One City celebrates the 200 nations who will come together to compete and their unique cultures using Maths and numeracy.

•   Faces of the Summer uses English and literacy to showcase the people who will make the summer great including athletes, their support teams, volunteers, sponsors and organisers.

Starting Blocks has been developed in partnership with leading educational consultancy EdComs, who are responsible for Get Set, the British Olympic Association, and British Paralympic Association’s youth engagement programme.

Niels de Vos, Championship Director, said:

“We are proud to be hosting the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017. The Championships will be an inspirational summer of world-class sport with a chance for everyone to take part. We want the magic of London 2017 to act as an inspiration for young people and I believe both pupils and teachers will benefit from the exciting and topical resources offered by Starting Blocks."

The biggest event to be staged at the London Stadium since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is the first time both the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships have been held in the same city in the same year.

To find out more, visit london2017athletics.com/schools

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