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'Assistance, Activities and Opportunities' all thanks to Hampshire County Council's Olympic Legacy

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Assistance for Hampshire's talented athletes, Activities and resources for schools and Opportunities for everyone to get more active, these are the plans for Hampshire County Council's Olympic Legacy.

The Olympic Legacy Programme, launched with the help of gold medal cyclist Dani King at Calshot Activities Centre, aims to inspire everyone to capitalise on the "spirit of 2012" in Hampshire.

The programme will do this by:

  • Increasing participation in sport and physical activity
  • Promoting and supporting Hampshire's elite athletes
  • Building on the Cultural Olympiad by encouraging more people to participate in arts and cultural activities

Funding of £100,000 has been made available, plus staff time and extra funding for grants, to encourage a range of initiatives, including:

  • Double the funding for the Hampshire Talented Athletes grant scheme (which gives grants to over 200 young athletes a year) to £92,000 for the next three years, to the next Olympic games. This year, more athletes than ever before are receiving support from the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme. Some of Hampshire's most promising athletes have received funding in previous years, including Olympic gold medalist Dani King. The scheme helps with some of the sacrifices that athletes and their families have to make for their sport- this means grants and help with training, equipment, physiotherapy, and travel.

  • Work with Hampshire's primary schools to make the most effective use of their one-off primary link funding from central government to boost schools sports provision (approximately £9,000 per primary school).

  • Assist Hampshire's sports clubs to access funding for their activities.

  • Encourage the Hampshire based London 2012 volunteer Games Makers to continue volunteering at sporting events in Hampshire.

  • Develop a higher profile for disability sport in schools and sports clubs.

  • Develop the opportunities for physical activity in Hampshire County Council's Country Parks.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Keith Chapman, said: "The Olympics may be behind us, but they have left a fantastic legacy not only in Hampshire, but throughout the country as a whole. The achievements of Team GB Olympic and Paralympic athletes have inspired the nation, as well as helping to change public perceptions around disability, and wider health and wellbeing issues.

"Following the success of so many Hampshire athletes at the London 2012 Games, it is fantastic to see even more athletes than ever before receiving support from the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme. The Scheme enables promising athletes to achieve their goals by benefiting from first class facilities thanks to support from local businesses. The costs of competing at this level are very high, and the margins between winning and losing are incredibly small. The Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme goes a long way to providing much needed support to the committed, talented and determined sportsmen and women. We are delighted to be helping another group of athletes achieve their goals."

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