Win a London 2012 trip for your school

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Getting pupils to think about how to create inspiring and interesting school break activities is the theme of a new schools competition.
The Design My Break schools competition for 11-14 year olds, which will run in 2010 and 2011, will ask students to work in teams and think about how they could spend the second school break of the day – typically lunchtime – differently, to improve their nutrition, physical activity and emotional well-being.

The top prize will be a special day trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games with the winning schools in both 2011 and 2012 getting the chance to send five children and a teacher to a London 2012 Olympic Stadium event.  For regional finalists there will be the opportunity to meet an athlete at their Regional Final event.  Each regional winner will also receive £500 to put towards the cost of turning their ‘break’ idea into reality.

Schools will be able to register and participate during the Autumn term from September to December 2010 via the competition website.

The Design My Break initiative is designed to help improve the lifestyle of young people and provide a positive legacy for the future.

Mark Elborne, President and CEO of GE in the UK, who are the Olympic and Paralympics Games sponsor, said: “While the value of the mid day break is widely acknowledged – for instance for physical activity or to help children develop their social skills - it is also seen by some as a typical danger point for bullying and bad behaviour. We hope our competition will give young people a chance to have their say about how the ideal mid-day break could be structured differently and help them to acquire valuable team and leadership skills."

Secondary schools interested in the competition should register their details on the Design My Break website (www. where they will be able to access full instructions and complete an online application form.

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