A SCHOOL is celebrating a grant to help Sunderland get set for the Olympics.
Farringdon Community Sports College has been awarded £8,800 to support other Wearside schools in getting involved in London 2012.
The cash will help make the most of opportunities available through the official London 2012 education programme, Get Set.
Schools across England were invited to apply for the grant in the Plan your 2012 project, offering schools that join the London 2012 Get Set network the chance to share their passion for the games, inspiring and engaging other schools, young people and building partnerships across their community.
Farringdon, which is a member of Get Set, was selected from more than 600 schools to be awarded the grant.
The funding will be used for assemblies linked to the Olympic and Paralympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville, as well as supporting the delivery of a city-wide Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relay in the build-up to the London 2012 games.
The Torch Relay will bring together all the schools in Sunderland and each will design and run with their unique torch.
Howard Kemp, headteacher at the Allendale Road school, said: “The Olympic Games is the greatest sporting show on earth. We are delighted that Sunderland’s Olympic activity has been awarded this funding so that our young people can be part of it.
“Sunderland youngsters taking part in a School Torch event is a great way of celebrating the arrival of the Olympics on British soil. It is a great promotion of healthy lifestyles and sport for life.”
Seb Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “Members of the Get Set network, like Farringdon Community Sports College, are brilliant advocates for London 2012 – demonstrating what a positive difference linking learning to the games can make to young people.”