17-year-old Alder Grange pupil Josh Simpson is extremely dedicated to sport and his local community. 

His reward? To carry the Olympic flame as part of the 2012 relay, an experience most of us could only dream about. 

Mr Hulland and Mr Hampson nominated Josh, who is a Mixed Martial Arts British fight champion, as well as a Level 2 FA qualified referee.

Josh often referees school matches and coaches the teams, while studying for his A levels at the same time. He is still waiting to find out where exactly he will be running in the relay, which will in Rossendale on Saturday June 23.

He said: “I am very proud to be chosen to carry the torch, it’s really great to be recognised and I am very lucky to be selected.” 

Mr Hampson said: “We are really proud that one of our students has been honoured with the task of bearing the all important torch.”

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