Last chance to register for Olympic masterclass

By on 02/04/2012 in News

Birmingham schools have been given an extra week  to grab a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see American and Jamaican tracks stars preparing for Olympic glory.

Hundreds of schools across the city have already registered their interest in attending public training sessions as the likes of Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, Carmelita Jeter and Veronica Campbell-Brown fine-tune their London 2012 preparations.

Now Birmingham City Council officials have extended the deadline for expressions of interest until Thursday 5 April.

Every single school in Birmingham can nominate 15 pupils and two members of staff to attend an open training session for USA Track and Field.

The USA sessions will be held on:

  • Wednesday 18 July
  • Thursday 19 July

Pupils will also participate in a sports festival at Perry Park, enjoying a number of activities including athletics and football before heading over to the newly refurbished Alexander Stadium to see the Americans prepare for London.

Places at training sessions for the Jamaican team will be more limited. The University and Birmingham City Council will open an application process for University of Birmingham partner schools and city schools with a strong link to Jamaica to attend an open training session on the afternoon of 18 July.

Holyhead School in Handsworth has already expressed an interest in attending the training camps.

Headteacher Martin Bayliss said: “We have applied for Tickets for both the American and Jamaican Training Camps. Our pupils are very excited and we are running many exciting projects for our pupils from Holyhead and from other schools.

“The whole build up to the Olympics has completely captured the imagination of the whole of the Holyhead community, our involvement so far has lead to students and staff alike being energised and inspired. We can’t wait to see more Olympic and Paralympic athletes arrive to this country.

“We would encourage every school to engage their pupils in American and Jamaican Projects throughout the year and to apply for tickets as this a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Birmingham City Council officials have written to headteachers across the city, inviting them to register interest in the open sessions and schools must register by 5 April.


For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

Notes to editors

The USA training sessions will be open for viewing on Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 July 2012.

Every Birmingham school will be able to send 15 children and 2 staff members to the USA Training sessions at Alexander Stadium.

The open training sessions will be incorporated in to a Sports Participation festival for the children to take part in, in Perry Park.  This will include sports such as football, athletics and BMX.

Schools who are interested can apply at there will be morning or afternoon sessions available over the 2 days.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 5 April 2012.

Numbers have to be limited due to the wishes of the USA team - they are here first and foremost to prepare for the Olympics.

For adults and those not connected to a school there is still an opportunity to be involved in the training camps by volunteering.  There are plenty of roles available and those interested should visit

There will also be an open day for athletics clubs in the city to watch the athletes train and this will be co-ordinated through the Birmingham Athletics Network.

Opportunities to watch the Jamaican team will be a bit more limited but schools who are interested should also visit

The Jamaican open training session will be on Wednesday 18 July.  This will be taking place at the University of Birmingham.



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