Five young leaders from London 2012’s international legacy programme, International Inspiration (II), visited the Olympic Park and Aquatics Centre on 7 September, with II ambassador Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

The young leaders, from Nigeria, Malaysia, and the UK, came to London as part of a special trip after volunteering at the Sainsbury's UK School Games.

Every year, the British Council brings young leaders from the programme to volunteer at the UK School Games where they meet other children from around the world to learn about leadership and cultural diversity.

The II programme is now active in 17 countries around the world, from Azerbaijan to Zambia. Delivered in partnership with UK Sport, UNICEF and the British Council, International Inspiration aims to use the power of sport to enrich the lives of millions of children, by increasing interest and providing young people of all abilities with better access to sport and PE.
 
Recent successes of International Inspiration include over 100,000 schoolchildren in Malaysia benefiting from activities and training organised through the programme. In Nigeria, a Kids' Athletics programme will be rolled out across 900 of Lagos's schools, to train 800 teachers to deliver high-quality activities, and reach 200,000 children who will have the opportunity to discover the thrill of athletics.
 
International Inspiration Ambassador Tanni Grey-Thompson said: "I was thrilled to meet some of the Young Leaders involved in International Inspiration – they’re incredibly inspiring and ambitious young people. They are a testimony to what the programme is delivering around the world and demonstrate the impact that physical education and sport can have on young people’s lives."

One of the young leaders, 15-year-old Ebere from Nigeria, said: "Since becoming involved with International Inspiration, my leadership qualities have improved and I am looking forward to going back and sharing what I have learned with other students at my school. Hopefully one day, I'll play for the Nigerian National basketball team."

 
London 2012's International Inspiration Young Leaders are inspired by visit to Olympic Park with ambassador Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.  © Getty Images/2011
London 2012's International Inspiration Young Leaders are inspired by visit to Olympic Park with ambassador Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. © Getty Images/2011

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