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Olympic-inspired torch relay in Coventry reaches the finish line

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The Coventry Flame of Friendship Relay has come to an end after being passed from school to school since 21 April, with a celebration taking place yesterday, 14 July.  

Linking 54 Coventry schools every day for the last 12 weeks, the relay has allowed over 20,000 young people to get involved in a project that promotes Olympic legacy, physical activity and wellbeing. 

The ‘flame of friendship’ relay used an original 1948 Olympic Torch, accompanied by a London 2012 Teamwork baton given to Coventry Ambassador volunteers during the London 2012 Games. 

Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr John McNicholas, said: “Our 54 schools have done a marvellous job over recent weeks, carrying the 1948 Torch around our city. They have created links between schools and given us all something to smile about. 

“They have brought people together in our city and will have inspired others to do the same. Well done to all that were involved.”

Schools made huge efforts to welcome the Torch and visiting schools, along with local organisations and charities, joining in with specific legs of the relay, including Sky Blues in the Community as well as local athletes. 

Ideas for the event were driven by local primary schools, including Howes Primary School, one of the lead Coventry Young Ambassador schools and EnV. They are responsible for managing the Coventry Ambassador volunteer programme.  

Organisers David Boughey, Managing Director, EnV and Rebecca Bollands, Deputy Head at Howes Primary School, said: 

“We wanted the event to celebrate our Olympic legacy of volunteering in Coventry over the past ten years through the Coventry Ambassador and more recently the Young Ambassador programme, while also showing support to our friends in Tokyo and organisers of the Tokyo2020 city volunteer programme who have used Coventry as a best practice model. 

“We are really proud of all the schools and Young Ambassadors who have made this happen and look forward to the flame of friendship continuing to burn brightly amongst our communities.” 

For more information on Coventry’s Ambassadors and their current work in the city, head to the EnV website

Written by: David Watkins

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