North West Wales

Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn in London 2012 Olympic Park visit

Staff and pupils from Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn in Bethesda
Image caption Staff and pupils from Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn in Bethesda were shown around the Olympic Park

Pupils from a Gwynedd primary school have had an exclusive tour of the 2012 Olympic Park in London after winning a competition.

Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn in Bethesda was one of three schools that triumphed in the Olympics legacy programme, International Inspiration.

The school's winning submission included photographs of exchange visits and children taking part in sport.

The pupils saw how work was progressing on the Olympic Park.

As part of their tour they saw the major venues being built, including the Olympic Stadium, the aquatics centre, velodrome and the handball arena.

Head teacher Ceren Lloyd said: "International Inspiration has given us the opportunity to do so many things.

"It's made us think of the world as a much smaller place. We've been sharing good practice with our partner school in Indonesia. It's given us fantastic opportunities - like this visit."

In the UK, more than 200 schools have been linked with partner schools in 15 International Inspiration countries, and it is thought the programme has reached more than 100,000 British pupils.

Lord Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: "The work Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn has been doing on International Inspiration and their link with International Inspiration countries is another key step towards delivering that promise.

"I'm delighted that they won the opportunity to visit the London 2012 Olympic Park. I hope it has inspired them even more to continue their great work on International Inspiration."

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