Saleha Williams, Head of the Inspire Programme at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic & Paralympic Games visited Loughborough College to take in the fifth Flames: Lighting the Way festival.
More than 180 children from four Loughborough schools joined with pupils from local high schools to take part in the festival, which focuses on getting youngsters physically active.
Ms Williams was moved to say: “This has without a doubt been the best day of my working life – this has been absolutely wonderful.
“This is very special and I feel very privileged to be a part of it today. This is the first project in the East Midlands to achieve the Inspire Mark, which is a massive achievement.
“You are the future and it is up to you to make this legacy happen and to take the Olympic values into everything that you do.”