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Find out how the Community Games programme can help support your local community event

April 3, 2012

The Community Games programme provides a great opportunity for you to bring your community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities inspired by, and in celebration of, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Community Games programme in Cumbria will be coordinated by Active Cumbria The Sport and Physical Activity Partnership who will provide support, resources and funding opportunities for communities to organise their own local sporting and cultural events in celebration of London 2012 Games. The events can be anything from an organised football tournament, a triathlon or a sponsored walk to a village carnival or village show, and will reflect the interests and needs of that local community. There may also be many schools that are planning to stage events linked to the Olympic and Paralympic Games that could also benefit from being involved in the programme.

Community Games was the brainchild of Legacy Trust UK, a charity whose role is to create lasting impact from the Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.  The Community Games programme will provide support and resources which includes a national accredited training and mentoring programme, designed to create a lasting legacy of community volunteers with the skills and confidence to activate social change.

Local people will have the opportunity to get involved in Community Games in a number of different ways. They could become a Community Games organiser or already be an organiser responsible for developing and implementing a Community event, they could volunteer to help out at an event, they could participate in the events activities, or they could just simply come along, have fun and enjoy the event as a spectator with friends and family
 
Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, said:
"We want everyone to get involved and celebrate the London 2012 Games coming to the UK and this is why we have awarded Community Games £2 million. Community Games will provide the help and support people need to organise a run, a triathlon or even a dance contest display in their local area this summer. This is all part of our drive to create a bigger stronger society where people are empowered to make a difference to their community."

Moira Swinbank, Chief Executive of Legacy Trust UK, said:

"Legacy Trust UK is all about securing a legacy from London 2012 in communities' right across the UK, and what better way to do this than through Community Games? We're delighted that the potential of this regional programme has been recognised, and look forward to working with the County Sports Partnership Network and the YMCA to bring a taste of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to millions of people throughout England."

Richard Johnston, Partnership Manager at Active Cumbria said:

"We're looking for inspirational events in Cumbria that through the Community Games programme we can offer some support and resource. We already know there's great stuff already being planned in communities across the county especially in light of the Olympic Torch relay, the Games themselves, and also due to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this summer. I would urge local event organisers or those thinking about organising an event this summer to log onto the Community Games website and find out more about how the programme can help."

To find out more about Community Games, how you can get involved, and the support on offer, please go to www.communitygames.org.uk

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£2M BIG SOCIETY AWARD LAUNCHES COMMUNITY GAMES ACROSS ENGLAND
Millions of people will be able to come together to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in their local communities at one of over 2000 games being held across the UK, thanks to a £2 million Big Society fund, Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd said today.

The award also heralds the creation of a new partnership between the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN) and the YMCA to run the England-wide Community Games programme. The collaboration will benefit from the CSPN's expertise in promoting physical activity participation at a local level, coupled with the YMCA's 166 years of experience of helping to build positive futures for young people and communities.

For more information contact emma.martin@cumbria.gov.uk / 01228221363


To find out more about Community Games, how you can get involved, and the support on offer, please go to the Community Games Website