Queen’s Baton Relay
A group of Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activity students have been involved in supporting the celebrations of the arrival of the Queen’s Baton at Tonbridge Castle this morning.
The Queen's Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace on 9th October 2013, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is Head of the Commonwealth, placed her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.
Over 288 days the baton will cover more than 118,000 miles averaging one to four days in each nation or territory and will be spending 14 days in the UK.
Our students had an early start arriving at Tonbridge Castle at 7am for a short briefing before assisting with stewarding for the crowd of around 400 people and school children who had gathered to wave flags and to welcome the baton.
Following the Baton Relay our students were involved in running sports activities for groups of school children including climbing, football, cricket, basketball, tennis, rugby, golf and boxing.
Some of our students got to meet and speak with Kent athletes Lizzy Yarnold, Millie Knight and Dame Kelly Holmes.
The baton left the castle around 9.30am and then headed to Dartford Athletics Track for 10.30am.
The baton will finish its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on 23 July 2014 and it was a great experience for our Sports students to benefit from being part of its journey.