Pupils invited to form Guard of Honour for Olympic athletes

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PUPILS will join in the Olympics Opening Ceremony celebrations after being chosen to take part in a Guard of Honour to line the route as athletes make their way to the stadium.

Barton Seagrave Primary school, in Belvoir Drive, have been chosen as one of 249 schools in the country to form a 2,000 pupil Guard of Honour before the opening of the Games.

The school has been selected after hosting various London 2012 themed community sports days in the county, and pupils will also get a chance to tour the Olympic Park.

Sebastian Coe, chair of the London 2012 organising committee, said: “The presence of so many young people at the start of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will continue to show London 2012’s commitment to put young people at the heart of the Games.

“For athletes, the Guard of Honour will provide a stunning welcome to the Games and the perfect curtain raiser for the athletes’ parade.”

The children will cheer on the Moldovan national team and say they have planned a vibrant welcome.

The school was awarded £6,600 in March to host Olympic-themed games by the London 2012 Olympics education programme, Get Set, and it hosted several sporting events last week.