UEL’s Director of the 2012 Office, John Lock, recently returned from a very successful visit to Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, where all things Olympic and Paralympic were discussed. On a visit organised by Podium, the UK’s FE & HE unit for the Olympic & Paralympic Games (www.podium.ac.uk), he was part of a delegation from UK higher and further education institutions. The group discussed knowledge exchange between London and Rio, in particular how to share learning from the experience and expertise that British HE and FE has gained from preparation for the London Games and Legacy. The discussions ranged from recruiting and training volunteers, developing youth sport and evaluating Games’ impacts to inform future urban policy.
The full delegate team from left to right included:
Ian Ashman (Principal, Hackney Community College); John Lock (Director 2012 Office, UEL); Agemar Sanctos (Director for Institutional Relations, Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games); Karen Rothery (CEO British Universities and Colleges Sports); Prof. Geoffrey Petts (VC and Rector of Westminster University, and Chair of Podium); Julian Vennis (Director WCL); Fintan Donohue (Principal North Herts College); Prof. Ian Campbell (PVC Brunel University) and Prof. Dick Fisher (Head of 2012, St. Mary’s University College); Gareth Smith (Head of Podium).