Young people get inspiration from white water

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority are proving students with the chance to take a tour of the park.  With the 2012 Olympics in mind they are being shown the impact that building programmes have on wildlife.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has been granted the prestigious Inspire mark by London 2012’s Inspire Programme for its white water themed education programmes.

White Water Investigation brings geography to life using Lee Valley White Water Centre, host venue for the London 2012 Canoe Slalom events. Students are given an introduction to the Park and the opportunities provided by London 2012 Games, including the stakeholders involved in the construction of the site. Students take a tour of the River Lee Country Park to view internationally important bird life, understand the challenges and potential impacts in building Lee Valley White Water Centre.

Students learning compass and map reading skills.

Lee Valley Challenge provides an orienteering option which incorporates a quiz to discover fascinating facts about the London 2012 Games and Lee Valley White Water Centre. Working in groups, students learn the fundamental principles of using a compass and map reading.

Youth and Schools Manager at Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Karen Wheeler said, “It has been a long process obtaining the award however I am really pleased we have been awarded the mark and would like to thank my team for persisting with the application process and for all their hard work on the white water programmes.  The programmes help young people gain a broad understanding of the London 2012 Games. Originally, we aimed the Lee Valley Challenge at secondary and post 16 but it has proved so popular that we have now made it available to primary schools.”

Davenant School's winning team

Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Seb Coe said: “We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire programme is recognising the work our partners all round the UK are doing to help us achieve this vision now. I congratulate the Youth and Schools Service at Lee Valley Regional Park Authority for securing the Inspire mark for the white water themed education programme and wish them every success.”

The Inspire programme enables organisations across the UK to link their events and projects to the Games. Projects within the Inspire programme will be an important part of the Games’ lasting legacy.

For more information about Lee Valley Regional Park Authority London 2012 Education Programme, visit:

Posted by Clare Kersey


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