Pupils to fly flag at Olympic football

By Steve Carpenter 05/04 Updated: 05/04 15:02

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YOUNGSTERS from four primary schools are preparing to fly the flag for Coventry as Olympic football heads to the city later this month.

Oman will take on Senegal in a qualifying match at the Ricoh Arena on April 23 with the winner sealing the final place in the 16-team summer tournament.

Twenty-four school children from St Osburg’s RC Primary School, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Keresley Grange Primary School and Hollyfast Primary School will be carrying the flags of both teams and FIFA as the players walk onto the pitch.

"It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the children and they are really excited," said Charles Thorpe, head teacher at Keresley Grange.

"The children feel part of the build-up to the Olympics and we’re doing a lot of work within school around it.

"It will give them a chance to make new friends and develop social skills and it is a superb opportunity for children who are interested in sport. It will be fun and the children will love it."

The first matches at the City of Coventry Stadium will take place on July 25 two days ahead of the opening ceremony in London and will conclude with the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament bronze medal match on August 9.

Tickets are available at theticketfactory.com/footballtournamentqualification, by telephoning 0844 338 800, from ticketmaster.co.uk or by telephoning 0844 277 0700.

See next week's Observer for your chance to win tickets.

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