Essex learners given tour of London's Olympic Park
31 May 2012
A group of learners with disabilities have been treated to an eye-opening trip to the venue which will be the focus of this year’s London 2012 Games.
The group of adults who attend the Adult Community Learning centre in Basildon travelled by train and were given a guided coach tour of the Olympic Park in Stratford where anticipation and excitement continues to build as the nation counts down to the Games. The trip enabled the group to learn about different sports, especially sports played in the Paralympics.
The free bus tour and trip was organised by the Essex County Council’s Adult Community Learning team in Basildon. Learners paid for their own travel fares, lunch and other expenses.
Julie Kane, Adult Community Learning Curriculum Manager, said: “Most of the park is finished now and we were lucky to see it up close. Our learners had seen the Olympic Park being built on television but this trip made it very real and exciting.”
County Councillor Stephen Castle, Cabinet Member for Education and 2012, said: “I’m thrilled to hear some of the learners on our Adult Community Learning courses have had the opportunity to enjoy the excitement building up around the Games and visit the Olympic Park. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and hopefully the experience will empower these learners to have a greater say in their communities about sports they would like to be available to them.”
The coach tour visited all the different venues and a tour guide talked about the different sports which would be held there giving learners the chance to ask questions. The group stopped at the Container café overlooking the Park for lunch and went to a special viewing platform called the ViewTube. The learners were also given resources to take away and use in their classes.
Learner Karen Lees, 45, said: “I can’t believe how close we went to the main Olympic Stadium, I can’t wait for the Olympics.”
Learner Elizabeth Salmons, 24, said: “I was so excited to see everything; I can’t wait to tell my family about it.”
For more information about Adult Community Learning courses for adults with learning disabilities and mainstream courses call 01268 520599.