Lord Coe visits Tanbridge House School (May 2011)

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Lord Sebastian Coe visited Tanbridge House School on 20th May 2011 to mark the achievements of the Sussex schools as part of the Get Set Network – the official London 2012 education programme for schools, colleges and education providers across the UK.

Approximately 150 students from schools across West Sussex were invited to Tanbridge to take part in a range of activities including coaching sessions with athletes hoping to compete in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. 12 - 14 Tanbridge students were a part of these sessions.

However, Tanbridge decided to embrace the Olympics around the whole school for the day and put on a range of activities throughout the day. In the morning, students had the opportunity to take part in Wheelchair Hockey with the Enable Me team and play Beach Volleyball on the specially installed Beach Volleyball court.

Delighted Year 7s received a visit from Wenlock, the official Olympic Mascot for the London 2012 games and A group of Year 8s had a special Question and Answer session with Olympic hopeful team, with the opportunity to ask them about their training, their inspirations and their chosen sports.

Long jumpAt 1st break, all students then had the chance to take part in the Tanbridge Olympic Village which had been set up in the Quad area. This included a long jump challenge, where students (and staff, including Mr White) tried to match the Olympic world long jump record. There was also a Tennis Challenge and games and quizzes for students to get involved with.

Lord Coe welcomeLord Coe arrived in the afternoon to a crowd of cheering staff and students in a reception that he said “made his week”. He was quickly whisked off to spectate the Tanbridge Olympic Village with a new addition created especially for Lord Coe to watch - the Tanbridge Courtyard Run. Two students, Caroline Wirth and Reiss Blackwood-Bryce re-created the famous courtyard run from Chariots Of Fire and attempted to run around the Quad in the time it takes for the clock to strike 12. He then watched students at the long jump challenge.

Seb visited a showcase from St Paul's School before going on to some coaching sessions. He then returned to the Sports Hall and kindly signed autographs and posed for photos for almost every one of the 150 students! He even asked the Tanbridge House students who had danced in the Opening Ceremony to perform again for him - he had missed the ceremony due to a Cow on the M25!

Please take a look at our video and images, below.


Lord Coe Visits Tanbridge House School