Archives for July 2011

Countdown To Kenya

Debbie | 09:32 UK time, Friday, 8 July 2011

In less than 24 hours, two young ambassadors from Bedford Academy will be winging their way to Kenya to visit their World Class partner school, Bishop Okiring, for the very first time! 
Bedford Academy's Boxing star, Ermal, first met his Kenyan partner school in January when they attended 'Olympic Dreams Live in London'.


Ermal and Egla meet in London


The Kenyan contingent then spent a fascinating 3 days being shown around Bedford Academy by headgirl Emma and other students. Now the Kenyans are looking forward to welcoming Emma and Ermal to their school in Mount Elgon. It's a region known for its rain, so Emma and Ermal have packed waterproofs, aswell as a few goodies to pass onto their partners.
Naboth Okadie, headteacher at Bishop Okiring, has planned an exciting programme to welcome his guests, including tree planting, cooking traditional food and learning the local lingo - Kiswahili. Bishop Okiring students are BIG on athletics, so Emma and Ermal will join in athletics training out on the field, aswell as learning about issues affecting young people growing up in this region such as the lengthy distances travelled by students to get to school, and obstacles facing girls trying to get an education.

Ermal has also packed his boxing gloves, and hopes to give the Kenyan students an insight into his own sporting passion!
Watch this space for more news on Emma & Ermal's journey to Kenya.

Pupils from Bishop Okiring Secondary school in Kenya

Jemma's Special Journey - Sneak Peak

World Class Grant | 10:28 UK time, Tuesday, 5 July 2011

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We have been following Team GB's youngest athlete competing at the Special Olympics World Games.


13 year old gymnast Jemma from Wales flew out to Athens with the rest of the squad to compete in the worlds largest multi-sport competition for people with learning disabilties. After success at the European competition in Luxembourg earlier this year, Jemma was on the hunt for her first world gold, but her hopes were dashed after catching a bug in Greece which spread around the team and hospitalised some of the coaches.

Jemma fought her way back from illness to compete at the finals, but as she had been too unwell to take part in the qualifiers, the judges deducted 25% of her final mark.
Jemma sharing a joke with her sisters at home

Jemma sharing a joke with her sisters at their home in Wales

The slogan of the Special Olympics is: 'Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt'... words epitomized by Jemma's courageous journey to the Special Olympics.

Keep an eye on the BBC World Class site for Jemma's full journey to Athens coming very soon.


Redruth students take to the waves with World Olympic Dreams

World Class Emma | 11:44 UK time, Monday, 4 July 2011

Students in Cornwall recently welcomed a very special guest into their school assembly. Matthew Pinsent inspired a group of year 7 pupils at Redruth Technology College to believe that the sky's the limit and gave them the chance to see Olympic gold medals up close. 
The quadruple Olympic gold medallist also got stuck into a 2012 themed cookery lesson and gave a rowing masterclass before taking to the waves at Porthtowan in a surfboat.

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Pupils are looking forward to visiting their partner school in Russia in September - the Special School of the Olympic Reserve - and being put through their paces at a specialist sports school that has produced dozens of Olympic athletes. The schools are part of the Olympic Dreams Schools Network. If you would like to twin your school for 2012, sign up at
Coming in the autumn - World Olympic Dreams follow Redruth's journey to Russia.
Matthew Pinsent challenges students on the rowing machine

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