Twenty six pupils from St Anne’s Primary school in Derry will travel to London’s Olympic Park tomorrow where they will go along to a variety of events.
St Anne’s is the only primary school from the North attending the events, and will be there with a number of schools from across England, Scotland and Wales.
The school’s opportunity of a lifetime began some time ago when 30 spectator seats were applied for on behalf of the school’s athletics team and secured by Eamonn Moore, the school’s PE co-ordinator.
While the tickets were free, the task of raising the money for flights and transport was down to the school.
Principal of St Anne’s Jacinta Bradley and athletics coach Joan McLain set about organising a variety of events within the school and contacting the wider community to see if they could help out in anyway.
Jacinta Bradley says: “In St Anne’s, we believe that anything is possible if you try hard enough and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the children.
“The first response we had was from the PSNI who very kindly agreed to give us a substantial amount of money towards our costs.”
Chief Superintendent Steven Martin congratulated St Anne’s on securing the tickets to visit the Olympic Stadium and described it as a “wonderful opportunity for the children involved”.
The Public Health Agency also contributed an amount of money towards costs.