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Prime Minister urges schools to beat Bolt to Olympic track

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Thousands have already signed up for the School Games.

Prime Minister David Cameron has urged schools across the country to follow the lead of those in Thurrock, Essex, and sign up to the School Games.

All bar three of the eligible schools in Thurrock have signed up to take part in the new competition that will culminate with finals being held in May at the Olympic Park.

Speaking at the Newspaper Society event yesterday, the Prime Minister said: “We have got 8,000 schools signed up, with Thurrock leading the way, and I would urge others to join them. There is still time for schools to sign up.”

The School Games are fully inclusive and backed by Paralympics GB, encouraging participation in competitive sport across the spectrum of abilities and experience. 

Mr Cameron added that this will be an ideal opportunity for those outside London to be part of the sporting legacy from hosting the Games next summer.

“I want the Olympic spirit to reach every part of the country, not just London,” he said. ”In May next year, British schoolchildren will run on the Olympic track before Usain Bolt; they are going to be swimming in the Aquatic Centre before Rebecca Adlington; they are going to be racing in the Velodrome before Chris Hoy.”

The new School Games format, announced by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt last February, has been planned to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive sport. Designed across four levels, for both primary and secondary school pupils, the School Games offer a fantastic opportunity for all young people to compete in intra-school, inter-school and regional competitions.

Commenting on the latest figures for the number of schools that have signed up in each Local Authority (see the full breakdown), Mr Hunt said; “I would like to join the Prime Minister in congratulating those schools who have already signed up and urge even more to get on board. The School Games competition is a big part of the sporting legacy from London 2012 and I can’t think of a better way to start the first finals than by staging them at the Park before the world’s best athletes arrive.”

Further information

Local Authority Schools participating

 Barking and Dagenham  27

 Barnet  68

 Barnsley  57

 Bath and North East Somerset  34

 Bedford  23

 Bexley  42

 Birmingham  183

 Blackburn with Darwen  29

 Blackpool  41

 Bolton  53

 Bournemouth  16

 Bracknell Forest  14

 Bradford  70

 Brent  34

 Brighton and Hove  12

 Bristol, City of  35

 Bromley  25

 Buckinghamshire  82

 Bury  32

 Calderdale  36

 Cambridgeshire  119

 Camden  28

 Central Bedfordshire  58

 Cheshire East  57

 Cheshire West and Chester  119

 Cornwall  59

 Coventry  24

 Croydon  37

 Cumbria  84

 Darlington  30

 Derby  28

 Derbyshire  8

 Devon  118

 Doncaster  11

 Dorset  100

 Dudley  48

 Durham  106

 Ealing  36

 East Riding of Yorkshire  65

 East Sussex  70

 Enfield  8

 Essex  263

 Gateshead  21

 Gloucestershire  84

 Greenwich  68

 Guernsey Offshore Establishments  2

 Hackney  8

 Halton  2

 Hammersmith and Fulham  12

 Hampshire  197

 Haringey  12

 Harrow  29

 Hartlepool  37

 Havering  46

 Herefordshire  25

 Hertfordshire  159

 Hillingdon  22

 Hounslow  51

 Isle of Wight  9

 Islington  12

 Kensington and Chelsea  5

 Kent  175

 Kingston upon Hull, City of  43

 Kingston upon Thames  21

 Kirklees  55

 Knowsley  58

 Lambeth  20

 Lancashire  221

 Leeds  186

 Leicester  42

 Leicestershire  88

 Lewisham  26

 Lincolnshire  155

 Liverpool  109

 Luton  19

 Manchester  75

 Medway  22

 Merton  26

 Middlesbrough  18

 Milton Keynes  31

 Newcastle upon Tyne  22

 Newham  33

 Norfolk  6

 North East Lincolnshire  7

 North Lincolnshire  29

 North Somerset  44

 North Tyneside  13

 North Yorkshire  74

 Northamptonshire  55

 Northumberland  45

 Nottingham  33

 Nottinghamshire  141

 Oldham  33

 Oxfordshire  113

 Peterborough  26

 Plymouth  56

 Poole  20

 Portsmouth  15

 Reading  32

 Redbridge  19

 Redcar and Cleveland  17

 Richmond upon Thames  15

 Rochdale  15

 Rotherham  41

 Rutland  12

 Salford  51

 Sandwell  49

 Sefton  94

 Sheffield  84

 Shropshire  64

 Slough  39

 Solihull  31

 Somerset  58

 South Gloucestershire  24

 South Tyneside  11

 Southampton  11

 Southend-on-Sea  45

 Southwark  15

 St. Helens  25

 Staffordshire  227

 Stockport  35

 Stockton-on-Tees  8

 Stoke-on-Trent  46

 Suffolk  175

 Sunderland  17

 Surrey  87

 Sutton  26

 Swindon  22

 Tameside  49

 Telford and Wrekin  33

 Thurrock  55

 Torbay  10

 Tower Hamlets  7

 Trafford  37

 Wakefield  15

 Walsall  69

 Waltham Forest  7

 Wandsworth  58

 Warrington  48

 Warwickshire  93

 West Berkshire  18

 West Sussex  88

 Westminster  5

 Wigan  14

 Wiltshire  80

 Windsor and Maidenhead  35

 Wirral  125

 Wokingham  24

 Wolverhampton  50

 Worcestershire  161

 York  16