THEY have joined the Olympic family.

Students and staff at Holmfirth High School are celebrating after they linked up with London 2012’s Get Set network.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) awarded Holmfirth High School a plaque and certificate to acknowledge their involvement in the London 2012 education programme.

The scheme provides pupils with resources, ideas and opportunities to help them to make the most of the London 2012 Games.

Holmfirth High now joins schools and colleges across the UK as members of the a special London 2012 community – the Get Set network – and will receive access to exclusive competitions and 2012 Games related events over the coming years.

Assistant headteacher Donald Cumming, who presented the school with the plaque and certificate, said: “Students at Holmfirth High School are excellent examples of how London 2012 is helping to spark young people’s imagination and inspiring them to get involved and make a difference.

“They have clearly demonstrated that London 2012’s education programme extends far beyond PE and sport and I hope they will motivate other young people to join their journey.”

Lord Seb Coe, chairman of LOCOG, said: “I am proud to welcome Holmfirth High School in to the Get Set network.

“It is a reward for their exciting work around the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality.”

Jonathan Battye, head of PE at Holmfirth High School, said: “I was truly delighted to receive the news we had joined.

“I passionately believe sport can motivate and inspire young people of all abilities.

“As well as our successful teams, we also take great pride in developing other Olympic and Paralympic values, for example, our sports leaders who work with primary school age and younger high school students – running clubs, organising events and making a real difference to our community.”