University of Leicester eBulletin

Olympic Games Bid

June 2003
No 164

Pupils compete for successful bid in Leicester

Botanica Simulation Project Days:  The University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Oadby, June 25 and 26, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

As London imminently awaits a decision as to whether or not a bid will go in for it to host the Olympic Games in 2012, pupils from 11 schools in Leicester City are faced with making a similar decision.

For two days in June the University of Leicester Botanic Garden will turn into two developing countries which have been invited to bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. Over 400 pupils from the city's secondary schools will take part in the simulation exploring the issues which arise in developing countries when they are presented with the opportunity of hosting a large international sporting event. Government officials and interest groups in each country will seek to create alliances and persuade each other of their viewpoints.  Each day ends with a secret ballot of all citizens to decide whether they support the proposal.

The 'International Olympic Committee' has insisted that the bidding Governments’ security forces undergo an independent review and none other than the Leicestershire Constabulary have been drafted in  to ensure good practice leading up to and during the Games.

The project is part of the innovative education programme at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden. It is being run as part of the city's Gifted and Talented Programmes. Other local organisations, such as the JUST shop, the Masaya Link Group, Christian Aid, Setpoint, the School of Education and of course the Leicestershire Constabulary itself, in the form of its Youth Involvement Officers offer extra challenges to the children, Adults, Year 10 and Year 7 and 8 students work alongside each other as co-learners. As well as developing students' knowledge of environmental and development issues, it enables them to practise skills of communication, team-work and decision-making. 

All the pupils involved have been attending study support sessions in their schools, learning about their fictitious country, their roles within it and planning their activities for the day.

On Saturday, June 28 pupils acting as Government Representatives from each country will be working at one of Leicester's City Learning Centres to produce their bid to put before the 'International Olympic Committee' which includes Sarah Blanks from the Great Britain Women's Hockey Team. They will make their judgement at the Walkers Stadium on Friday, July 4.

The project is funded by Excellence in Cities. Christian Aid and Oxfam have also supported the programme.

Botanica Simulation Project Days: The University of Leicester Botanic Gardens, Oadby, June 25 and 26, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm.

Delegation Preparation: The City Learning Centre, 28 June 9.00am - 12.00pm.

Bids presented to the 'IOC': The Walkers Stadium, July 4.

Schools involved: Year 7, 8 and 10 students from Fullhurst Community College, Lancaster, Moat, Rushey Mead, Sir Jonathan North, Beaumont Leys, City of Leicester, Crown Hills, Riverside, St Pauls, Judgemeadow

For PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES and further information contact:

Lis Stock, Leicester City Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, telephone 0116 2211629 , Fax 0116 2995080 , email

Sue Baughan, University of Leicester Botanic Garden , telephone 0785 594 5238 , Fax 0116 254 4686 , email

Richard Gornall, Director of the Botanic Garden , telephone 0116 252 3394 , Fax 0116 271 2933 , email

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