Tuesday, 15 March 2011

15 March - 500 Days to the Olympic Games

500 Days – 500 Community Games

Get involved and stage your own Community Games

On Tuesday 15 March, to celebrate 500 days to the Olympic Games, David Moorcroft, Chair of the West Midlands Leadership Group for the 2012 Games and Community Games organisers from across the West Midlands are coming together in Staffordshire to encourage communities to sign up to organise their own Community Games events in the run up to 2012.

To-date over 12,000 people have participated in Community Games with a target of over 100,000 to have taken part in 500 Games by the end of 2012. Community Games, funded by Legacy Trust UK an independent charity set up to help build a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, provide a wonderful and unique opportunity for communities from all backgrounds right across the West Midlands to come together to celebrate the 2012 Games and enable thousands of people to experience and create their own Olympic or Paralympic moment.

15 March 2011 also sees tickets go on sale for the London 2012 Olympics; as well as applying for tickets to attend what will be an amazing event in 2012, people across the West Midlands can have their own Olympic or Paralympic moments through staging and participating in their own Community Games.

At the 500 Days – 500 Community Games event on 15 March 2011 attendees, including community representatives who have already organised Games and people interested in staging Games in their areas, will have the opportunity to try out sample activities run at the successful Oakamoor Community Games in 2009 and 2010 including Netball, Cheerleading and Tag Rugby.

David Moorcroft, Chair of the West Midlands Leadership Group for the 2012 Games said: “With only 500 days to the Olympic Games now is the time to think about how you are going to get involved, will you sign up for tickets to see the greatest show on earth? Will you organise your own Community Games and ensure the fantastic team delivering Community Games including the Country Sports Partnerships and StreetGames reach the target of 500 Community Games events by 2012? Or do you plan on Volunteering either in your community or as a London 2012 Games Maker? However you decide to be part of London 2012 make sure you share your stories and tell us how you have been inspired on thegamesandme.com.”

Dugald Mackie, Chair of Legacy Trust UK said: “The benefits of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be felt not just in London but throughout the UK. The 2012 Games are a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the West Midlands to millions of people across the world and a fantastic opportunity for communities to get involved by staging their own Games. We believe that Community Games will inspire and encourage people throughout the region to get involved and will help leave a lasting legacy for the region.”

Henry Parker, Vice Chair of the Oakamoor Community Games Organising Committee said: “Community Games is a great opportunity to bring the local community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities inspired by, and in celebration of, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Community Games is just one programme through which people across the region can get involved with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for more information on how to stage your own Community Games visit http://www.communitygames.org.uk./

Over 343,000 people have already participated in a range of culture activities as part of the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012 generating £7.5 million worth of economic activity within the region. Businesses across the West Midlands are also making the most out of London 2012 having won over £500 million, half a billion, worth of tenders supplying the 2012 Games and related projects, the fourth highest regional total in the UK. To find out about events and opportunities and how you can get involved visit http://www.wmfor2012.com/

People who are already involved in London 2012 inspired activities in the West Midlands can share their stories, pictures and list forthcoming events on http://www.thegamesandme.com/.

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