Schools urged to take part in Olympics

With less than 100 days to go before London 2012, primary schools throughout Scotland are being invited to join 95 in the region already signed up for the UK’s first national Communication Triathlon for schools.

The project, launched in April 2011 by Openreach, BT’s local network business, and I CAN, the children’s communication charity, is a series of free fun events intended to boost speaking and listening skills.

The programme encourages children to take part in three London 2012 Games -themed speaking and listening activities around thinking, talking and teamwork. It is split across 4-7 and 7-11-year-olds.

Activities can be undertaken by a class, a year group or a whole school over the course of a week or even a day.

It is part of Get Set, the official London 2012 education programme.

Brendan Dick, BT director, Scotland, said: “Thinking, talking and teamwork are essential skills for children and young people, and the Communication Triathlon goes to the heart of what we believe is important.

“We already have 95 schools in the region signed up to the programme and it would be fantastic to see even more schools in Scotland come on board and benefit from the activities and learning available.”

To get your Communication Triathlon pack, go to