UK Anti-Doping has given backing to the new ‘Scientists in Sport’ education programme designed to inspire young people into a range of scientific careers, launched on Wednesday 22 March 2011.
The national anti-doping organisation will deliver an anti-doping debate workshop as part of the series initiated jointly by London 2012 partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and King’s College London, the UK’s only World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory.
The project aims to encourage more young people into careers in the science industry through a range of school outreach programmes running between now and the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year. Local children will be invited to experience a day at university, with a series of sport-based lectures and interactive workshops aimed at the 11-14 year age group, encouraging them to consider continuing their science studies and a future career in this field.
UK Anti-Doping will play a vital role in the ‘Scientists in Sport’ scheme, showcasing how science will be used during the upcoming Games through the drug testing process.
Andy Parkinson, Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping, said: “UK Anti-Doping is delighted to join forces with GSK and King’s College London and to be involved in the Scientists in Sport programme. The fight against doping will only be won through instilling the values of clean sport in young athletes and utilising cutting edge scientific techniques to catch those that are determined to cheat.”
The new website www.scientistsinsport.com will give teachers and students across the UK the instructions and resources to replicate the experiments in their own classrooms to inspire the next generation of expert scientists.
‘Scientists in Sport’ is funded by GSK and was inspired by its London 2012 partnership. As Official Laboratory Services Provider for London 2012, GSK has formed a partnership with King’s College London to provide facilities and equipment to enable King’s College London to operate a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory during the London 2012 Games.