I think it's safe to say that our banks are a much maligned bunch, and not without some level of justification.
However, being a firm believer in credit where it's due (no pun intended!) Lloyds Banking Group, which includes Lloyds TSB and Bank of Scotland, were very much in evidence as National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Torch Relay, during which they introduced the Community Fund and staged Community Celebrations giving people the opportunity to have photo's taken with the Olympic Torch and meet the future stars of Team GB and Paralympics GB.
In addition to this more than 4.3 million young people took part in Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week 2012, which this year combined with London 2012 World Sport Day and the group have also supported 1,000 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls since 2008 through the Local Heroes Programme.
This year, funding focused on organisations that support young people - anyone under the age of 26. Lloyds Banking Group believe that young people are the future for local communities and by unlocking their potential, you unlock the community's potential.
Communities were invited to vote for local organisations to benefit from the Community Fund, and Nascot Wood Junior School were delighted to find that they had beaten off the competition and receive an award of £5,000. The school intends to use the majority of the award to fund building a climbing wall in the playground, having spoken to the school's 240 pupils about how they felt the money could best be used.
Deputy Head of the school David Allen said "We heard of other low level climbing walls and know it will be good for the children, for team building and agility - and for the local community to use as well... We generally have great behaviour and this is to reward them for their good behaviour and as well as using it at play times, we can use it in PE lessons and it will make a massive difference."
Following the enormous success of London 2012 Lloyds Banking Group will continue to sustain the momentum of enthusiasm that young people have for sport and are planning for the next National School Sport Week, which will be held from 24-28 June, 2013. During National School Sport Week 2013, young people will be able to take part in more sport, try new sports and learn about the values and ethos of sport
You and your school can be inspired and get ideas by reading case studies from schools who’ve taken part and watch videos from previous National School Sport Week events. For full details, please click here.