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America's Cup Education Programme for schools

America's Cup Official Education Programme for schools

An Official America's Cup Education Programme for school children has been launched by Tourism Auckland. Schools from around the country are being invited to take part in the initiative that focuses on the American Express Viaduct Harbour on Auckland's waterfront.

The programme is expected to host more than 5,000 individuals in pre-booked school and community groups to 31st March. The two-and-a-half hour hosted sessions cost from $5-10 per child, depending on age.

The programme is endorsed by America's Cup 2003 and will be based at the American Express Viaduct Harbour. The programme covers the history of the Cup, the challenging syndicates and their home countries, Team New Zealand, the racing programme and the yachts themselves. It also includes a tour of the interactive Telecom Shed, followed by exploration of the American Express Viaduct Harbour. The programme is based in a marquee situated at Waitemata Plaza and provided by ASB Bank.

Tourism Auckland chief executive Graeme Osborne says the education programme adds to the raft of opportunities for young New Zealanders to get involved in the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup, the largest event ever held here.

Although participation in the education programme must be booked in advance, there is also plenty of family entertainment in the American Express Viaduct Harbour each race day, says Mr Osborne.

Team New Zealand Executive Director, Tony Thomas, says the education programme will ensure that Team New Zealand's young supporters feel part of the campaign to keep the America's Cup.

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