As a member of the Get Set Network, Carshalton College's Sport's department was given tickets to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tickets covered a variety of sports including basketball, gymnastics, athletics, hockey, wrestling, football and table tennis as well as a number of medal ceremonies.
Carshalton College student, Jess Greenway attended the games and said 'The strength the athletes had was amazing. Throughout the evening each event got explained and some facts about it were given. It was a really great experience and I'm really glad I got to go and that I can say I was there.'
Student Shannon Bundy went 'to the Paralympics to see athletics at the Olympic Park in Stratford. To be able to see an event like Athletics was amazing because it has so many different events going on so there was a lot to see. It was great to see that no matter what disability you have, you can still make a change in life and prove that you are no less able than people without disabilities.'
Student Ellie Potter found, 'the experience amazing. It was so breath-taking to see such talent in person its nothing like it is on the TV to be in that atmosphere with other people who share your passion for the sport makes it ten times better than sitting at home shouting at your TV. For me I was beside myself at the opportunity because gymnastics is a passion of mine and I wanted to take it on as a career and it just goes to show how much time and effort goes into making such athletes it really does inspire you. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and to be able to go and witness it with my friends made it even better. If I had the chance I would go over and over again, it makes you wonder about your future in life and how you want to make a change, things such as the Olympics will inspire generations to come and promote being more active in schools clubs etc. Overall the experience was amazing and I'm grateful for the chance also I think it will make the nation more hands on and more physically active.'
'The College gave me a great opportunity to go and see an event at the Olympics which was the men's gymnastics as well as an event at the Paralympics which was the athletics. This was amazing as this meant that not only did I get to see many Great Britain's athletes at their best but I also got to see two different venues in London.' Lauren Hewitt, Carshalton College Sports Student.
IT Student, Thierno Diallo, worked as a volunteer at the Olympics and Paralympics and said 'I feel proud to be part of London 2012 and it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life, I enjoyed every single second of it.'
Sports & Public Services Team Leader at Carshalton College, Jez Gray found it 'a unique and unforgettable experience for our students. We have worked for the past few years now in encouraging our students to get involved in the games and sports in general. We were delighted our efforts were recognised and rewarded by the Get Set Network who provided us with the tickets. Having the Olympics in London was the perfect opportunity to get our students to the games and gave our students the opportunity to watch world-class athletes in action. We hope this will motivate our students to reach their potential.'
Carshalton College joined the Get Set Network along with over 1,000 other members in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Network offered interactive learning resources, ideas and opportunities to help schools and colleges make the most of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For learners aged 3 to 19 years there were a host of challenges, competitions, ambassador roles, volunteering opportunities and festivals to get involved with.
The aims of the Get Set Network were to enhance young people's learning in all subjects, support and drive existing educational priorities and agendas, involve as many children and young people as possible in the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and supporting children and young people.