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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:

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

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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