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The Flame of Friendship

The Flame of Friendship

The Coventry Schools Torch Relay Race

In the run up to the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic games, 62 Coventry primary, secondary and special educational needs schools will be participating in a torch relay, the Flame of Friendship, leaving Coventry Cathedral on Thursday 22nd February and finishing on the University of Warwick campus on Monday 8th July. At the Finale on Monday 8th, 1000+ Coventry pupils and teachers will line the road on the University of Warwick campus and join a procession as the torch passes by, making its way along the final relay leg to Butterworth Hall at the Warwick Arts Centre, pausing in the Piazza where members of the Royal Opera House will lead the participants in an Olympic themed dance.

The torch is bespoke to this event, designed especially for this event, designed as part of a competition in which more than 2000 Coventry pupils took part. The winning design was submitted by a pupil from Finham Park School and has subsequently been redeveloped at WMG, on the University of Warwick campus, by members of their technical team and four T Level students from Rugby College (part of WCG).

This is a Coventry schools activity led by Earlsdon Primary School and supported by the Warwick Institute of Engagement on behalf of the University of Warwick. The event celebrates friendship, team work, sports and international collegiality and has multiple opportunities for people from schools, the community and the university to get involved.

In the sections below you will find more information about the schedule, route and how to get involved.

Important Dates to Note

Thursday 22nd February (pm) Launch of the torch relay

Monday 4thMarch (pm) Final day for Coventry schools to register to attend the Finale and request copied of the commemorative activity book

Wednesday 13thMarch (am) Confirmation of Finale reservation and activity book order for Coventry schools

Monday 3rdJune (pm) Last day for non-Coventry schools to request live streaming link and box of activity books

Wednesday 5thJune (am) Finale details shared on Resonate website for members of the public wishing to cheer them along

Monday 8thJuly (am) Flame of Friendship Finale

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