Schools and colleges registered with Get Set – the official London 2012 education programme - were able to enter a competition to win a visit from Wenlock or Mandeville to their school and community, and be the first to meet them, and schools from across the UK have won the opportunity.
Get Set provides free learning resources for 3-19 year olds for schools and colleges across the UK to find out more about the Games and explore the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic Values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality.
Schools and colleges that demonstrate a commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic values by using the Games to add value to the life of the school or college can apply to join the Get Set network. Being part of the Get Set network enables schools and colleges to gain access to exclusive rewards and opportunities from London 2012 including a plaque and a certificate and the right to use the London 2012 Education logo on the school or college sign, headed paper, website and newsletter. As a member of the Get Set network Herne Bay School also receive access to great opportunities like the mascot visit competition.
Sebastian Coe, London 2012 Chair, said: ‘I know Wenlock and Mandeville were incredibly excited to begin their journey around the UK by visiting Herne Bay School and living the Olympic and Paralympic values. Our mascots were designed to inspire young people and connect them to the power of sport, whilst celebrating our proud Olympic and Paralympic history.’
Roger Gale MP said: It was great to see Mandeville one of the London 2012 mascots come and pay a visit to the children of Herne Bay. The mascots created huge excitement amongst the children throughout the visit and it was clear that the mascots can capture the imagination and connect young people to sport.”