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Aylesbury Vale seeks to benefit from 2012 Olympics

Archived press release

Date Published: 28/06/07

Wide-ranging plans are being put in place to make sure Aylesbury Vale benefits from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Aylesbury Vale District Council is working with local partners to ensure the Vale doesn’t miss out on the econ...

Wide-ranging plans are being put in place to make sure Aylesbury Vale benefits from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Aylesbury Vale District Council is working with local partners to ensure the Vale doesn’t miss out on the economic, cultural and sporting opportunities the Games will offer.

The council has already identified a host of activities that will bring lasting benefits for the district from the world’s largest sporting festival.

Strengthening the support available to local athletes, increasing access to sporting facilities and developing business opportunities are just some of the activities set out in the council’s strategy for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Action Plan, which has been developed in consultation with partner organisations across the Vale, also highlights the council’s commitment to increasing the number of people participating in sport, providing more opportunities for volunteers and encouraging young people to get involved in Olympic-related activities and events.

The council is providing £50,000 to support the delivery of Olympic-related activities within Aylesbury Vale over the next year. This funding will be used for the exclusive benefit of residents and businesses in the district. Some of the activities the council will be funding include:
• Establishing a new passport scheme for talented athletes, which will include free access to training venues for members
• Developing a network of Aylesbury Vale ambassadors to raise the profile of the 2012 Games 
   and promote the benefits of the district at local, national and regional events
• Providing grants of up to £2,500 for small business developments within the district, which will enhance services for athletes or visitors to the Games
• Recruiting youth ambassadors to encourage greater participation in Olympic-related activities and events by young people
• Setting up an exhibition facility at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to showcase the rich history of the venue in the development of disability sport
• Establishing a database of talented athletes and former Olympians living or competing in the Vale

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “The Games offer fantastic opportunities for Aylesbury Vale – for business, sport, education, culture and for volunteers. People from all over the world will be drawn to the Games and will have the chance to visit the district. Some of our local venues could also be used as key training camps or for pre-tournament competitions.

“2012 has great potential to leave Aylesbury Vale a lasting legacy that will benefit residents, businesses, organisations and communities. It’s a unique opportunity which we must seize.”

The Olympic Action Plan, which outlines the work that will be undertaken over the next 12 months, was approved by the council’s cabinet yesterday (26 June).  The plan will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis to ensure Aylesbury Vale benefits both in the period leading up to the Games and afterwards.

Residents who would like to find out more about the opportunities that will arise from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games should visit AVDC’s website at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk or call 01296 585221.

 

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk