Wednesday, 1 July 2009

And finally for today, I attended the Leeds 2012 Olympics Project Board...

It was great to hear about the work happening across the city to prepare for the London Olympics and the benefits the games will bring to Yorkshire. The opportunities for international teams to use facilities here in Leeds are being explored with Serbia, United States, Holland, China, India, Jamaica and Bangladesh; focused in areas like diving, equestrianism and more general provision. We are also talking to Paralympics GB who are exploring where they will base their whole team.

It was great to be able to talk about the wonderful work developing with 'Spirit Alive' in around 70 schools across the city where children organise and manage their own mini-olympics. I was also able to mention the work Boston Spa School and Sports College is leading with West Oaks SILC through the "International Inspirations" programme which will deliver on the LOCOG promise made to the IOC in Singapore that they would engage and inspire the youth of the world through sport. The programme is being led by UK Sport, UNICEF, the British Council, the FA Premier League and the Department for Culture Media and Sport and Boston Spa and West Oaks are leading the 'International Inspiration' for Bangladesh.

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