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Aylesbury Vale marks one year to go to London Olympics

Archived press release

Date Published: 13/07/11

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There is only one year to go until London 2012 and there are lots of free activities taking place in Aylesbury and Buckingham to mark the occasion.

The London 2012 Open Weekend celebrates the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the impact that they're having both in terms of sport and culture.

Aylesbury Vale District Council is doing its bit and hosting a series of events for the Open Weekend to give people the chance to get involved.

Here’s a taste of what’s happening in Aylesbury Vale:

Aylesbury

On Saturday 23 July, a free Olympic-themed event will take place in Aylesbury at various locations including Kingsbury and Vale Park. The event will take place between 11am and 3pm and is open to people of all ages.

Youngsters will be able to try their hand at Nintendo Wii games and have a go on the dance mats in Kingsbury. Magical entertainment will be provided by Magic Dave and information on the Bucks 2012 Olympic Legacy Programme will also be available.

In addition, visitors can pick up a free Bucks Legacy brochure which provides details of local sports clubs, taster sessions and other opportunities to try out new sports over the coming year.

A series of animated short films featuring the two Olympics Mascots – Wenlock and Mandeville – will also be shown and there will be a chance for youngsters to try out a new art or craft.

Vale Park will be hosting a variety of fun activities including inflatable games, a mini sports day, giant Jenga and Connect Four, tri-golf and a penalty shoot-out.

There’ll also be one-hour taster sessions available at various locations across the town. Activities include Nordic Walking, Zumba, judo and cycling.

Residents and visitors are being invited to take part in an exciting project that aims to collect sporting stories and memories about Aylesbury and the surrounding area, including the important role played by Stoke Mandeville. Come along to the Buckinghamshire County Museum in Church Street to see how you can get involved.

Buckingham

On Sunday 24 July, a free Olympic-themed event will take place in Buckingham town centre at the Old Gaol, Cattle Pens, Heartlands open space (behind Cornwalls Meadow car park) and the Buckingham Community Centre. The event will take place between 11am and 3pm and is open to people of all ages.

Youngsters will be able to try their hand at Nintendo Wii games and have a go on the dance mats at the Cattle Pens. There’ll also be magical entertainment provided by Paul Megram and information on the Bucks 2012 Olympic Legacy Programme.

In addition, visitors can pick up a free Bucks Legacy brochure which provides details of local sports clubs, taster sessions and other opportunities to try out new sports over the coming year.

Wakefield’s rising folk sensation Rosie Doonan will be playing live tracks from her latest album at the Old Gaol. A series of animated short films featuring the two Olympics Mascots – Wenlock and Mandeville – will also be shown and there will be a chance for youngsters to try out a new art or craft.

The Heartlands open space will be hosting a variety of fun activities including inflatable games, a mini sports day, giant Jenga and Connect Four, tri-golf and a penalty shoot-out. There’ll also be a number of taster sessions available including Nordic Walking, Zumba, body balance and cycling.

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “It will be fantastic to see so many members of our local community joining with the council and sports clubs in celebrating the countdown to the London 2012 Games. The next 12 months will be an exciting time for Aylesbury Vale and we look forward to providing even more opportunities to help inspire residents to participate in sport and to lead healthy lifestyles in the run up to the Games.”

For further information about what’s on offer in Aylesbury Vale over the Open Weekend visit www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/getinvolved

To book a place on a taster session, call 01296 585301.

Contact information

Contact:

Leisure services

Telephone:

01296 585301

Email:

leisureservices@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk