'Pound a mile' puts pupilson track for Atlanta

12th April 1996 at 01:00
Primary schools, are being asked to support the British Olympic Appeal Scotland's Pounds 250,000 fund-raising campaign. A "Pound an Olympic Mile" campaign will create a mile of pound coins laid edge to edge around the track at Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh.

It is hoped to raise Pounds 72,000 and break the current record for a continuous line of 71,652 coins, set in 1990.

Schools can keep 25 per cent of the sum raised for school funds. All 2, 400 primary schools in Scotland will be circulated with details.

Teachers will receive copies of a special Scottish Olympic News wall chart containing details of the history and origins of the Games, facts and figures about Atlanta and tips on how pupils can help raise money.

There is a prize of a weekend for two for the teacher whose class raises the most.

The 350-strong British team, in which Scotland can expect more than 30 members, will be taking part in the largest peacetime event in the world next July with 10,000 athletes competing in 26 sports and two million visitors travelling to Atlanta.

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