London 2012: Schools offered funding to plan events
Schools across England are being invited to apply for grants to help other schools in their area make the most of Olympic opportunities.
London 2012 Chairman Lord Coe and Children's Minister Tim Loughton announced the Plan your 2012 scheme at Leytonstone Business and Enterprise Specialist School in east London.
The scheme is open to schools that are part of the London 2012 education programme, Get Set. More than 20,500 schools have already registered with the programme.
Some 42 schools across England have already applied for grants of up to £8,000. The funds are being used to organise local Cultural Olympiad events and set up multi-lingual sports competitions as well as virtual games with twinned international schools.
Lord Coe said: "We are delighted to be working even more closely with the Department for Education, and the Plan your 2012 programme of grants will mean that more schools and more young people can be inspired by, and benefit from, local leadership and best practice in their area."
Children's Minister Tim Loughton said: "Through Get Set we can help schools spread the Olympic and Paralympic values across their local communities, as well as providing more opportunities for competitive sport."
Schools that are not part of the Get Set programme have the opportunity to join when the second round of applications opens on 28 November.
Schools that join the programme by 16 December 2011 will also secure an allocation of free tickets to the Games through the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative.