Community Matters

P&G Surrey School Games – breaking Olympic records in Surrey

James Nunn, P&G UK and Ireland Olympic Projects Communications

On Thursday 23rd June, we helped to bring the Olympic Games to life for Surrey school kids and break the world record for the largest ever human Olympic rings. I joined nearly 2,000 students, teachers and Surrey County Council members to gather in the shape of the iconic logo at the event to celebrate World Olympic Day, the 400 day countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – as well as the 100th day of our P&G Surrey School Games sport programme.

The 100 days of sport was led by Surrey County Council and saw over 3,500 local schoolchildren compete in a wide variety of sports including mountain biking, athletics and motor sport.

Our global partnership with the IOC for the next 10 years starting with London 2012 is founded on a common purpose – to improve the lives of children and families through sport. Our support of P&G Surrey School Games is just one of the ways we are encouraging more children to be healthy and active.

The Olympics is a global event and P&G is a global company, but we’re lucky and proud to be the first host country of this sponsorship. It is important that we help to make these Games a success for the UK, for London and in the communities where we live and work like our headquarters here in Surrey.

We want everyone to be able to participate in and celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic movement - especially all the youngsters in our community who might just be the future of Team GB. For all we know, the next Usain Bolt or Chris Hoy might very well be one of those youngsters who has already been lucky enough to break a world record.

The record-breaking schoolchildren were joined in their efforts by Team GB athletes including our own P&G ‘Proud sponsor of Mums’ ambassador and mum of two, Sophia Warner, and athletes Rachel Cawthorn (kayaking) and Adelle Tracey (athletics). Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville and 1948 Surrey Olympic torch bearer Austin Playfoot also attended the celebrations.

The world-record attempt took place on the George Abbot School playing field in Guildford at 12.45pm. We gathered in our places within one of the five coloured rings, and were all instructed to hold our coloured discs above our heads for three minutes in order to break the world record.

After some tense waiting, it was finally announced that a grand total of 1,852 people had participated and that we had successfully broken the world record. The previous record was set on June 24, 2008, in Beijing, China, and featured 1,202 people.

To find out more about how we’re ensuring that everyone gets to celebrate this once in a lifetime moment in the UK, follow our ‘Proud Sponsor of Mums’ campaign through Twitter, our website or via the P&G corporate press office.

James Nunn
P&G UK and Ireland Olympic Projects Communications

P&G Surrey School Games partners

“It was fantastic to see so many children making a piece of Olympic history. There was a thrill of excitement in the air during the build up and it was spectacular to see everyone forming the Olympic rings. It started to rain just as the record was broken but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits. Taking part in sports and competition teaches young people that through hard work and dedication they can achieve their goals.”

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and London 2012

P&G Surrey School Games people

  • 3,500 children competing in a wide variety of sports
  • Nearly 2,000 people breaking the world record for the largest ever human Olympic rings
  • Olympian and Paralympian supporters include Ben Ainslie, Gail Emms and P&G ambassador, Sophia Warner

P&G Surrey School goals

  • 100 days of sport including mountain biking, athletics and motorsport
  • Providing children with access to at least 20 different types of sport
  • Coordinating a Surrey School Games for at least the next four years

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