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Counting down to Tokyo 2020

Published Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Pupils from 30 primary schools have been learning about all things Japanese as part of an event marking the countdown to Tokyo 2020.

Coventry young ambassadors

Around 250 children were supported by dozens of volunteers from Coventry Building Society, Coventry University, Warwick University, Yo!Sushi, West Coventry Academy, Ricoh and other organisations at the Coventry Young Ambassador Japan Conference held at the AT7 Centre last week.

The event started with a welcome from the Minister from the Embassy of Japan and the Director General of the Japan Foundation. The event was organised in partnership with the Japanese Foundation.

Noel Thatcher MBE talked to the children about his paralympic experiences and then he led 'Radio Exercises' (calisthenics) which were live streamed.

The children took part in a wide range of workshops and then created a Tokyo 2020 action plan for all Coventry primary schools. The event marked the start of our journey to Tokyo 2020 especially the creation of the Coventry Young Ambassador programme.

Rebecca Bollands, Deputy Head of Howes Primary School, one of the event organisers said: “We are so grateful to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Society who provided all the financial support which enabled us to run the event.

“The young people have learnt so much about Japanese culture, and about the Olympics.

“We are also very excited about the Coventry Young Ambassadors Programme. This will be a great opportunity to encourage children from local schools to helps share the positive aims of the Olympics.”

The 250 Coventry Young Ambassadors will now represent Coventry at City of Culture events, the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 celebrations.

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