P&G Surrey School Games – breaking world records
Janette Butler, Community Relations Manager, P&G UK and Ireland
On Wednesday 25th April 2012, we helped bring the Olympic Games to life for Surrey school kids and set a new world record. More than 2,000 Surrey schoolchildren and a few adults helped to form a human London 2012 Olympic Games logo on a sports field in Camberley, setting the new world record for the Largest Human Olympic Games Logo.
Last year, 1,900 people, mostly children, broke the world record for the largest human Olympic rings to celebrate the launch of the 2011 P&G Surrey School Games, and this year we went even bigger and better.
The human logo covered 2,152 sq yd (1,800 sq m) and was created at Collingwood College to celebrate the 2012 P&G Surrey School Games, which is designed to get more young people to take part in sport in the lead up to the Olympics. It has already seen more than 3,000 children take part in dozens of county-wide sports and art competitions.
The event followed the 100 days to go mark until the Olympic Games and the 94th day of this year’s P&G Surrey School Games.
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 the P&G Surrey School Games is just one of the ways we are encouraging more children to be healthy and active.
We want everyone to be able to participate in and celebrate in the Olympic and Paralympic movement – especially all the youngsters in our community who might just be the future of Team GB.
The record-breaking schoolchildren were joined by Olympic Games rower Debbie Flood, Team GB trampoline hopeful Amanda Parker and 1948 torchbearer Austin Playfoot, as well as Sir Keith Mills, deputy chair of LOCOG and Nathan Homer, P&G UK and Ireland’s Olympics Project Director.
The logo spectators also saw a demonstration by Camberley Judo Club, a gymnastics exhibition by college students and a display of 50 flags made by children.
Community Relations Manager, P&G UK and Ireland
“The Games is about the next generation. The kids have been brilliant today. Surrey County Council has been an outstanding partner in all the things that we have been doing.”
Sir Keith Mills, deputy chair of LOCOG
“The Olympic Games are a global event and P&G is a global company, but we’re fortunate and proud in the UK to be the first host country of our partnership with the IOC. It’s important that we help to make the Games a success for the UK, for London, and in the communities where we live and work, like Surrey.”
Nathan Homer, Olympics Project Director, P&G UK and Ireland
“Thousands of children created a slice of Olympic history right here in Surrey. It's going to be the most exciting year of sport this country has ever seen and events like this encourage more young people to get active. It may even inspire the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic Games athletes."
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member