£6,500 Torch Funding for Schools
By Bideford_ppl | Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 18:10
Torridge District Council has allocated
£6,500 to go to local schools to help them organise celebrations for the
Olympic Torch relay.
The council has written to schools
throughout the district asking for requests for funding and will be looking at
each and every reply on its own merits.
On May 21st the Olympic Torch Relay will be
coming through Merton, Great Torrington and Bideford so there will be plenty of
opportunity to see it and get involved.
Leader of the council, Barry Parsons said, "Torridge
strongly believes in the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire
children and young people across the District, the UK and around the world. We
want this opportunity to spark their imagination and enthusiasm, helping them
to realise their potential and to learn from this once in a lifetime
The £6,500 for schools will be available to
support any celebration or recognition of the games where reasonable, both in
the weeks leading up to the event and on the day itself. Possible uses for the
funding could be to pay for transport on the day for children to see the torch
as it passes through Merton, Great Torrington or Bideford; to pay for a
specialist Olympic sport session to take place at their schoo to pay for an
inter-school competition or to perhaps purchase materials for making flags and