Wycombe's involvement in the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Buckinghamshire and the Wycombe district played an important role in helping deliver the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games:
- Stoke Mandeville is the home of the Paralympic movement with many of our Paralympic athletes preparing at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
- Eton College Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake was the host venue for the rowing, sprint-canoeing and adaptive rowing events.
- Wycombe hosted numerous National Olympic Committees including Moldova and Bermuda in the build up to the Olympics.
- Longridge Outdoor Activity Centre and Marlow Rowing Club also played an important part in hosting athletes and workers in the build up to both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Continue the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy in your community with the Community Games...
The Community Games initiative is returning to Bucks and MK for 2013 with a range of funding and resources to help you deliver a memorable event. If you want to link your new or existing event to the national Community Games programme, events must include a sporting and or cultural element and, in the spirit of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, an opening or closing ceremony. If you think your event fits the bill, then as well as being promoted on the national website it will be eligible for resources which include a range of free branded publicity and event dressing (bunting, banners, stickers etc.) as well as the chance to apply for the Community Games Grant worth up to £250. A grant application form with more information is available to download below.
If you're at all unsure as to whether your event could be considered a Community Games, take a look at a few case studies from events that took place in Bucks and MK in 2012 (available to download below). Alternatively, visit the Community Games website to gain ideas and inspiration for your event www.communitygames.org.uk (external link - opens in a new window) and, if you're interested, spend a few minutes registering your event so that you are eligible for the Community Games Offer: www.communitygames.org.uk/content/register-your-games (external link - opens in a new window)
For further information email Bucks Sport or call 01296 585 493.
Sports Development Team projects
Our Sports Development Team have been busy working towards creating a sporting legacy in Wycombe. Starting with the Bucks Legacy Programme, which launched in June 2011, the team has seen thousands of people try an Olympic or Paralympic sport for the first time, with many of them continuing to play now.
Since the start of 2012, the team has run a large number of projects to get children and young people engaged in sport. These include both Olympic and Paralympic sports, using many of the same facilities that our International level athletes used in the build up to the London Olympic Games.
Plans are in place to expand the amount of people given the opportunity to engage in Olympic and Paralympic sports right the way through into 2013 and beyond. If you want to know how to get involved, contact our Sports Development Team using the contact details in the right hand column.
To see some examples of what we've been up to, please click on the images below for the full stories:
Cressex Community School makes a big splash at Lee Valley White Water Centre
Year six pupils have a wheelie good time at Stoke Mandeville stadium
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