Six months after the start of the Games, to talk about the legacy of the Olympic rings hollow dryness money. This is a missed opportunity to change lives, say teachers and coaches
Near the entrance of the school of York, painted in large letters are the words of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. "To fight, to seek, to find and not to yield." Not a bad slogan, especially for a school that prides itself on its sporting prowess. Throughout the hallways and outside each class are images of athletes, many famous Olympians. At the beginning of each lesson, mathematics or physics public school education, 800 students were three objectives: gold, silver and bronze. "We really try to integrate the Olympic spirit in all aspects of school life," says director David Ellis.Range
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was also chosen by David Cameron to encapsulate the Olympic spirit in his welcome athletes from around the the world in London on July 26 last year. "It is this spirit that will shine in London," said Cameron. "We want this to be the games that stood a city that elevates our country."
Ellis and his students still feel "lifted" by London 2012. In the gym, physical education teacher teaches Chris Shouksmith an enthusiastic group of year seven girls playing badminton and hit the prospectus as end to end, they are obviously enjoying every minute. The school opened in 2007 as a specialist sports college, called young "sports ambassadors" that the team leaders. Beth Johnson, 14, is one.
"I was on the verge of crying when Jessica Ennis won gold," she said. "And the fact that it comes from Yorkshire, it is even better. Always wanted to be a physical education teacher. Now I want to be an Olympic athlete." Others, Charlie Squires, also 14, articulates the overall benefits of the sport with a lot of superior wisdom. "If you are sure of your physical help you feel confident and positive in everything," he said.
Ellen Jennings, 13, tells how she moves in her "comfort zone" and is "more relaxed" when you can spend time with your favorite physical activity, climbing. The three were delighted to London 2012 and the inspiration of the Olympic Games will be sustainable.
Ellis tried everything possible to remove the Olympic spirit to ensure their preservation. But then he can do to a certain extent in their own school, because he and his team are highly trained, he has no illusions about the future of sport in the community and other local schools where principals poorest and facilities can not share their passions. "We are holding things together here," he said. "But there was a real decline."
Until May 2010, York High School led one of the two central school sports funded associations of its facilities in one of the poorest neighborhoods of the city. With the money he received sporting activity coordinated by a network of schools and local clubs. Shouksmith itself an athlete and an experienced teacher, entered the primary for two days a week to run physical education classes for children who otherwise would not have had any instruction from a specialist teacher.
across the country - with funding of ? 168 million per annum - other teachers trained in physical education and coaches also run after school clubs and local competitions and the relationships built with sticks in their areas. The work was an attempt to create a framework for the future - and the promised inheritance -. Bottom-up
"The idea was that if you could get things done in the first schools, and connect children to clubs and discos for children, which accumulate participation beyond school while alone. It worked great. We build and we left out, "said a senior Whitehall still working on the political legacy.
But - despite the rhetoric of Cameron at the height of the Olympic fervor last year - the financing of these structures in schools was conducted, step by step, and is reduced to almost nothing by Gove's education secretary, Michael. Gove also abandoned the goal of at least two hours per week of physical education in schools and completed annual surveys of the amount of sport that does what any decline can not be measured.
day extension of a work week was reduced to one as money has dried up. At the end of this school year ends completely. "When the boss told me that I could not finance anything else, not even a single day, it was quite devastating," he said.
six months ago from the start of the Olympics. London won the Games largely on the back of its promise of an inheritance, not only for "inspiring a generation" for a few weeks or months, but to implement effective policies to encourage the participation of all age groups and in all communities. This is progress?
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