The man behind this summer’s Olympic games Lord Coe greeted crowd of pupils at schools in Stamford today (Friday) in his bid to continue the legacy of the games.
Lord Coe visited St Gilbert’s Primary School in Stamford to meet the children and hear about their involvement in sport. He arrived at just after 12.30pm.
During the visit Lord Coe answered questions from sport ambassadors representing primary schools from the town including; St George’s, St Augustine’s, Malcolm Sargent, Bluecoat and Stamford Queen Eleanor, about his Olympics experience.
He also got to meet the winner of the St Gilbert’s Olympics poetry competition, Rory Maclennan, 11, who read his Olympics poem out to everyone in the assembly.
Lord Coe said he had been asked what had inspired him to work with the team on the Olympic Games. He told pupils: “It was about you people, it was about encouraging you to do things that you may never ever have thought about.”
While he was at the school he launched an Olympic legacy challenge, which is being run by sports charity Inspire+ and South Kesteven District Council. The challenge aims to get children involved in sport and rewards their achievements with gold, silver and bronze medals.
Lord Coe’s visit was his second to Stamford this year. In July, he was invited to Burghley House to witness the Olympic torch relay.
Current house director Miranda Rock is a descendant of Lord Burghley, who won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.
Speaking after the assembly, Lord Coe added: “When I was at Burghley House I had no idea I would be involved with the ongoing legacy story but I am very pleased to be doing so.
“It is nice to be back having been here for the torch and to celebrate the work of Lord Burghley, my predecessor. To be back and see the work of Inspire+ delivering the legacy is great.”
Lord Coe then visited Stamford Endowed Schools, arriving at about 2.30pm, where he officially opened the £6.1m sports centre and memorial pool in front of the whole school.
After touring the site, which is in Conduit Road, Lord Coe described the facility as “magnificent.”
The British Olympic Association chairman said: “I am delighted to be here today at a school which clearly values sport.
“This school has been a sign post for British sport for many years. Some of your alumni are now household names.
“I really hope that from the pools, gymnasiums and other facilities I have seen here today there will be Olympians and Paralympians coming out of this facility performing with distinction for this country for years to come.”
The event was part of the school’s own Olympic Legacy week, which aimed to celebrate sporting successes of the pupils.
A selection of the top athletes from across the schools met with Lord Coe after the ceremony.
Stamford Endowed Schools principal Stephen Roberts said: “Seb is amazing in terms of his engagement with everyone he met.
“It has been a day which will be remembered by everyone who has been here.”
Head girl at Stamford High School Louise Thomson, 17, Church Street, Deeping St James said: “We felt like royalty stood up their on the balcony.
“It seems strange the last time I saw Lord Coe on television he was addressing the world at the Olympics and today he was right next to us.”
Stamdford School head boy Freddie Babbs, 17, of Conduit Road, Stamford, who led the crowd in giving three cheers for Lord Coe, said: “It was such a great moment for everyone.
“It was a great privilege to meet him.”