The time 20:12 marked a double win for Loughborough College last Thursday night when polling closed for a prestigious national award.
Following a week-long public vote, Flames: Lighting the Way, launched by Loughborough College in association with the British Heart Foundation, was named as winner of Coubertin’s Olympic Vision Award.
The prize was the second honour of the evening for Loughborough College after they secured a Silver accolade in the Podium Get Set Award for Inspiring Outstanding Learning through the London 2012 Games earlier in the ceremony, overlooking the capital’s Olympic stadium.
Speaking after the event, which overlooked the capital’s Olympic stadium, Loughborough College Principal Jim Mutton said: “These awards recognise the immense efforts of staff and supporters behind Flames and acknowledge Loughborough College’s standing in sport. They also highlight the enormous impact the project has had on young people.
“Flames really does live up to the legacy ideal of London 2012. It will continue to burn right up to the next Olympics in Brazil and beyond.”
Promoting physical activity and health messages and Olympic and Paralympic values, Flames began has so far reached 50,000 young people across the UK and trained 25,000 young leaders to deliver fun, Olympic-themed sport and health activities to younger children, including recreations of the Olympic torch relay where all children get to run with Loughborough College’s genuine 1948 Olympic torch.
Rob Jarram, Sports Development Officer at Loughborough College, added: “This win is the culmination of three years’ hard work by the team at Loughborough College and the British Heart Foundation National Centre.
“It feels great to be recognised with such prestigious awards for our efforts in educating the UK’s children in ways to be active and lead a healthy lifstyle and in building a legacy of trained and skilled young leaders. We look forward to taking the Flames movement beyond London 2012, creating a sustainable programme that continues to inspire future generations.
“We would like to thank everybody who voted for us and who has been involved in Flames – not least Commander Collins. He gave Loughborough College his own flame, which he carried in the 1948 Olympic torch relay and that is at the heart of this programme. The power of that torch has made this all possible.”
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