Seb Coe today visited Oak Lodge School, a SEN deaf school in Wandsworth, to give a talk and launch a special week of Olympic and Paralympic figures giving talks in state schools and colleges. The talk was organised through the Education and Employers Taskforce and Speakers for Schools initiative to encourage leaders in their field to give talks for free in state schools and colleges.
This week senior London 2012 figures including Deputy Chair Sir Keith Mills, Director of HR Jean Tomlin, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete and Olympic gold medal winner Jonathan Edwards will give talks in schools that are part of the Get Set network (the official London 2012 education programme) in London, Edinburgh and Stockton-on-Tees.
Robert Peston, BBC business editor and founder of Speakers for Schools said: ‘Speakers for Schools is all about encouraging school students to aim higher, to make the most of themselves, to equip themselves for the challenges of today’s world. Who better to inspire them than Lord Coe, a world beater, and the person who more than any other was responsible for bringing the Olympics to the UK?’