The Olympic Games and Paralympic Games coming to London
in 2012 offers the opportunity for the University to engage with
the many themes connected with the Games, which go way beyond the
ideal that it is simply an elite sporting event for a few weeks in
the Summer of 2012.
The London Organising Committee (LOCOG) has committed to reach
out across the country and afford each region the chance to get
involved with promotions and initiatives to help inspire people to
become active and engaged with sport, to be part of the 2012
Volunteering programme, to develop wider cultural programmes, and
to help support tourism and business opportunities leading up to
and during the Games.
Podium is the FE and HE Unit for the Games and showcases and
supports initiatives within the colleges and universities. A small
number of institutions have developed programmes on both the
academic side and also the general participation and volunteering
side; there is an opportunity for applications to gain the national
‘Inspire Mark’ and use the associated logo and publicity.
The University have recently established a 2012 Task Force, led
by the Director of Sport, Mike Chamberlain and sponsored at
Executive level by Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ian Oakes; this group
will seek to harness, support and develop interest across the many
schools and departments within the university and provide regional
and national updates.
There will shortly be a university plan which will identify the
various areas of engagement and the projects that will develop over
the next two years.
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