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Theme:Olympic Paralympic Legacy ยป

Date: May, 2010 Views: 2786

adiZone Launch

What we wanted to do

We wanted the Young Ambassadors to have the chance to be involved with the Opening Ceremony of the region’s first adiZone and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games’ legacy in Gravesham.

The adiZone is a giant multi-sport zone and includes a variety of exciting activities including a climbing wall, basketball ring, outdoor gym and mini amphitheatre for dance, aerobics and gymnastics. Each activity has instructions on how the equipment is to be used properly and safely plus details on local clubs where skills can be honed further. Who knows, a budding Olympic champion could emerge!

What we did

Four Bronze Ambassadors aged 10, one Gold Ambassador aged 17 and one Platinum Ambassador aged 19 were invited by the Gravesham 2012 Officer for the London Games to take part in the official opening of the adiZone.

The event was covered by film crews from Adidas and supporting partners,  as well as the local media. The Young Ambassadors played a key role during the launch talking with the media about their role as ambassadors for sport in Gravesham and how they hope to help create a menu of fun learning opportunities and challenges for other young people and the local community.

What impact did it have for the children involved?

The adiZone was officially opened by Bronze medallist sprinter and Paralympian John McFall and Gravesham’s Platinum Young Ambassador, Aaron Farnell.  Jane Packham. Gravesham 2012 Officer for the London Games gave Aaron the honour of cutting the ribbon with John McFall to offically open the adiZone.

Aaron is quite an exceptional young man who has given over 200 hours of his free time during the last 18 months volunteering as a Sports Leader within the his own school, the Gravesham Schools Sport Partnership and local community.  As our Platinum Ambassador for the Gravesham Leadership Academy he sets a wonderful example to the newly appointed 200 strong Bronze and Silver Ambassadors - (Read article).

The launch of the adiZone showcased local groups and performers, all of who live, work or train in the Gravesham Borough.  Their contribution and support for the opening created a wonderful atmosphere and really brought to life the opportunities that the adiZone has to offer the local community - (Read article)

The Young Ambassadors were invited by the local media to be interviewed about their role and how it would lnk with the adiZone. The YAs eagerly talked about their plans of how the adiZone would be used and their ideas to create exciting celebration Podium Events. The launch was a great experience for them, they were made to feel like VIPs and had the opportunity to have their photograph taken with Paralympian John McFall and to represent the young people of Gravesham.

Did the work lead to any differences within the school?

The Bronze Ambassadors from the nearest local primary school have arranged wth their headteacher for their classmates to be regularly using the adiZone to host their PE lessons.

All Bronze and Silver Ambassadors will be creating exciting sporting challenges that will engage pupils and schools across Gravesham to come along and use the adIZone for celebration podium events.