Mascot Dance Craze Sweeps Schools Across the UK

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The official London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville will be dancing their way to the London 2012 Games with help from students across the UK.

Mascot Dance craze sweeps schools across the UK

Mascot Dance craze sweeps schools across the UK

These young people have created an amazing dance and we hope all schools can all perform it and have fun on World Sport Day... We are very proud to be part of it; it’s an honour to have the dance set to our song

The official London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville will be dancing their way to the London 2012 Games with help from students across the UK.

Schools in Get Set, the London 2012 education programme, are being encouraged to get their dancing shoes on and perform a new Mascot Dance routine as part of their celebrations for World Sport Day, presented by Lloyds TSB, taking place on Monday 25 June.

The Mascot Dance which is seeing students and mascots alike shuffling to the official mascot song ‘On a Rainbow’ is part of the second set of resources to help schools get ready to celebrate the athletes and cultures of the world on World Sport Day. London 2012 is encouraging schools to perform the mascot dance as part of their World Sport Day opening ceremony. Schools can download the Mascot Dance instruction films and step-by-step resources from the London 2012 World Sport Day website.

The dance routine was choreographed by students from Chingford Foundation School, The Coopers Company and Coborn School, and Newtons Primary School all in London and Knockhall Community Primary School in Kent. The students first took part in a creative workshop at the English National Ballet where they developed the routine. They then performed the dance, along with Wenlock and Mandeville, at the Piccadilly Theatre in London where the instructive film was created. Begona Cao, Principal Dancer at the English National Ballet also performed the dance with the students and took part in a Q&A session.

The resources were launched yesterday at Chingford Foundation School where Tom Fletcher (lead singer and guitarist of pop rock band McFly) who wrote and then recorded ‘On a Rainbow’ alongside his sister Carrie Fletcher paid a surprise visit and learnt the routine from the students.

Download images from the event here

Tom Fletcher said: ‘These young people have created an amazing dance and we hope all schools can all perform it and have fun on World Sport Day... We are very proud to be part of it; it’s an honour to have the dance set to our song.’

Amber Hassan, a student from Chingford Foundation School said: ‘I’m really excited that we’re involved with London 2012 and other school children will be copying our moves. It’s really good’.

Max Juniper, a student from Knockhall Community Primary School added: ‘Every lunchtime at school I’ve been practicing my moves.’

London 2012 World Sport Day, which will open Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week in England and Wales, and build on the momentum created during Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week (11-15 June 2012) in Scotland, will give young people in thousands of schools across the UK the chance to take part in the final UK-wide Get Set event before the start of the London 2012 Games, and to join together in celebrating how sport can bring the world together. For more information about World Sport Day please visit http://www.london2012.com/worldsportday

LOCOG will be releasing and promoting new resources every month to help schools plan their day and decorate their school for the celebrations. Schools can request their free event pack on the World Sport Day website; the pack is full of branded materials and decorations, with schools in the Get Set network receiving access to extra materials and opportunities.

London 2012 World Sport Day will be delivered by the Youth Sport Trust across the UK, and in conjunction with sportscotland for schools in Scotland.

Notes to editors:
For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office.

Lloyds TSB is the official Banking and Insurance Partner of London 2012.

For more information on Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week and schools who wish to register please visit http://www.schoolsportweek.org

Bank of Scotland, a proud partner for Scotland of London 2012, aims to inspire and support young people, communities and businesses all over Scotland on their journey to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and beyond.

For more information on the Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week and schools who wish to register, please visit http://www.schoolsportweekscotland.org

The Youth Sport Trust is the delivery partner for London 2012 World Sport Day across the UK.

sportscotland is the local engagement partner for London 2012 World Sport Day in Scotland.

Get Set goes global
Launched in September 2011, Get Set goes global is a major strand of Get Set, the official London 2012 education programme. It is designed to encourage young people in schools and colleges across the UK to explore and demonstrate how sport can bring the world together and to help welcome the athletes, media and spectators of the world to the towns, cities and communities of the UK in 2012.

Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across the UK. It provides free learning resources for 3-19 year olds to find out more about the Games and explore the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect, and the Paralympic Values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality. It also offers access to exciting prizes and opportunities through participation in competitions and partner programmes. There are over 23,500 schools and colleges registered with Get Set.

The Get Set network is the London 2012 reward and recognition scheme for the active community of schools and colleges across the UK that are demonstrating a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Members of the network gain the right to use the London 2012 education logo, and are given priority access to the most exclusive prizes and opportunities. There are currently over 16700 members of the Get Set network.

As it heads towards its £2bn budget for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games, LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Supplier, Otto Bock.

The Worldwide Olympic Partners signed up for London 2012 are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

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