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London 2012 schools design competition launched

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) yesterday launched a schools competition for pupils to design their own dream Olympic cycling venues of the future.

Winners of the ‘VeloDream’ competition, open to children aged 5-16, will earn the opportunity to work with the 2012 VeloPark designers, and learn first-hand how to create a world-class sports venue.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said: “Youth participation, world-class sport and design excellence are all at the heart of our plans for 2012 so the VeloDream competition is a great way to bring these elements together in the classroom and inspire schoolchildren around the country.

"Young people have the chance to let their imagination run wild in designing their own dream VeloPark so I encourage them to get involved in the VeloDream competition today and bring the excitement of 2012 into their school.”

The VeloPark will include a 6,000 seat Velodrome to host the Olympic and Paralympic indoor track cycling events as well as a BMX circuit for Olympic events.

The design team of Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates was appointed in July, with a contractor due to be appointed later this year.

Schoolchildren have a blank canvas to work with and their VeloPark designs, which can be illustrations, paintings, drawings, photos, computer images, presentations and even films.

The competition has been planned to complement the Design and Technology school curriculum. Information packs developed with The Design & Technology Association are now available to download from the London 2012 website to help teachers and pupils bring the VeloDream competition to their school.

The VeloDream competition was launched with more than 180 schools around the country already signed up to take part. Schools have until the end of November to submit their design entries after which regional judging will take place with a panel including design experts and young people.

A winning primary and secondary school from each region will be selected for the competition final early next year where a primary and secondary school will be announced as national winners. The prize for the two winning schools will include the unique opportunity to work with the 2012 VeloPark designers, and learn at first-hand how to create a world-class sports venue.

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