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Video: Lord Coe inspires children in Stamford to take part in sport

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The man behind this summer’s Olympic games Lord Coe visited St Gilbert’s Primary School in Stamford today (Friday) to meet the children and hear about their involvement in sport.

During the visit Lord Coe answered questions from sport ambassadors representing primary schools in Stamford, about his Olympics experience.

He also got to meet the winner of the St Gilbert’s Olympics poetry competition, who read his Olympics poem out to everyone in the assembly.

At the end of the assembly Lord Coe was invited to come back next year to St Gilbert’s very own mini-Olympics games, which he promised he would love to come to if he’s available.

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.”

He is now at Stamford Endowed Schools, where he will officially open the £6.1m sports centre and memorial pool.

 

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