Olympics-themed conference to inspire Norfolk schoolchildren

A Paralympian and a former Olympic coach will be visiting Norfolk this week to help celebrate the role London 2012 can play in raising the aspirations of the county's young people.

Ade Adepitan MBE, a Paralympic basketball player, will join Frank Dick OBE, British Athletics' former director of coaching, at the annual headteachers' conference this Wednesday.

The event, organised by Norfolk County Council, will give headteachers a chance to gain a better understanding of how they can use the Olympics and Paralympics to motivate their students and develop learning around sport, well being and healthy living.

The event will take place at the John Innes Centre, at Norwich Research Park, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children's services at Norfolk County Council, said: 'The Olympic and Paralympic Games are truly inspiring events and can show Norfolk's children and young people what can be achieved by aiming high, working hard and showing determination and resilience.


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'The seven values of the Games – respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality – are the qualities and values we want to see in all of Norfolk's young people and we hope that the exhibitions and speakers at the conference will support schools to develop the Olympics as a way of enhancing their curriculum as much as possible as we head towards 2012.'

More than 150 Norfolk headteachers will attend the event. The county council has been working with schools to help them embrace the Olympics. Nearly 360 schools have now registered with the national Get Set programme.

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