Last month, The Independent reported plans to move Rio Olympics to UK amid concerns over Brazil’s preparations. It stated that ‘Olympic officials have secretly asked if London would be in a position to take over hosting the 2016 games from Rio de Janeiro amid major concerns with the city’s preparations.’
While the likelihood of the Games ever returning to London in the near future is extremely unlikely, it raised the point that next month we mark the two year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics.
The claimed legacy benefits of hosting the Games were at the heart of London’s original bid and, following the bid’s success, the previous Government published a Legacy Action Plan in June 2008. One of the five legacy promises was to make the UK a world-leading sporting nation, which included a commitment to help at least two million more people in England be more active by 2012.
Unfortunately for Lincolnshire, according to Active People Survey results released in January, two years on from the Games we are at the bottom of the table in terms of sport and physical activity participation in the country.
Lincolnshire Sport still run legacy programmes such as our Elite Athlete Programme, which provides funding to Lincolnshire athletes, and the Sainsbury’s School Games, which brings together hundreds of school children across the county to compete in sport, but now we face a new challenge; how do we move forward with the Legacy of 2012 and create new ways to inspire people in sport and physical activity.
We just have to look at next month’s calendar of sporting events to find one answer to this. June is set to be the start of an action packed summer of sport with worldwide sporting events taking place including Wimbledon, Tour de France and of course, the World Cup. From nations coming together to support and celebrate sport, to cheering on role models such as Andy Murray, this is where sport comes into its own and where the ability to inspire the next generation will come from.
If you are inspired by Wimbledon, there are numerous opportunities to try tennis in June and August for free with ‘Great British Tennis Weekends’ taking place at tennis clubs throughout the county. You can find your nearest one by visiting www.clubhouse.lta.org.uk/opendays
If you want to get back into cycling, there are free led bike rides in and around the Lincoln area through the Sky Ride Local programmes to get involved with every weekend, led by British Cycling leaders. Register for them at www.goskyride.com/lincoln
If you want play more football contact the Lincolnshire FA at www.lincolnshirefa.com or if you’re looking to join a football club, search for one near you at www/lincolnshiresport.com/clubs