Events programme to inspire in the run up to London 2012
Archived press release
Date Published: 30/03/12
Digital games tournament
Aylesbury Vale’s Pulse programme of events to celebrate London 2012 has been awarded the prestigious Inspire Mark.
The Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Only a small selection of projects are awarded with this accreditation and the local organisations involved in putting together the Pulse programme of events are delighted to be able to utilise the Inspire mark to help create and sustain a legacy of sport, art and cultural activity for the Vale.
The Pulse programme, which runs from April to October, is designed to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It includes a wide variety of sporting, arts and cultural events and opportunities to take part, by either doing, watching or supporting through volunteering in Aylesbury Vale in 2012.
Among the events taking place as part of the programme is a free celebration event in Aylesbury town centre to coincide with the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on 28 August. There’ll be an exciting programme of activities and entertainment in the town centre alongside a big screen showing the ceremony at the stadium.
This year, the ever popular Roald Dahl Festival in Aylesbury will offer a special additional event in celebration of London 2012, the Roald Dahl Games. The event on 7 July will include the Grand Final of the Gloriumptious Games contested prior to the event at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, as well as fun family races, competitions and sport displays.
The annual Parklife event returns on 1 September with an exciting and full programme for the whole family including taster sessions in sport, art and music. Alongside these community activities there will be a large 25sqm screen showing live footage from the 2012 Games.
The Aylesbury Vale Digital Games will be touring the district in 2012 giving young people aged 11 and above the chance to take part in a tournament on the Nintendo Wii. Each club and venue that takes part will be able to submit a team to compete in the finals on Wednesday 1 August. There are prizes on offer for individual winners, as well as a prize for the overall winning club or venue.
Parishes and communities around the Vale have been invited to host events to celebrate London 2012 and promote local sports clubs and community activities. These could be anything from competitive team sports, to an egg and spoon race. Aylesbury Vale District Council is providing advice to people organising their own celebrations, as well as promotional templates.
There’s also the opportunity to be part of the lasting legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by becoming a ‘Sport Maker’.
Simply put, a Sport Maker is someone who makes sport happen. This can be anything from helping at a local club, setting up a new team, to booking a venue for friends to have a kick around. As long as it increases participation in sport then the person organising it is a sport maker.
To become a Sport Maker and get involved in the programme potential volunteers can visit www.reactivatebucks.org/sportmakers and register their interest.
Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure at AVDC, said: “2012 is going to be a special year for this country, and here in Aylesbury Vale we hope everyone will be inspired to get involved and go along to a local sporting or cultural event. This area has a unique role to play due to the history of Stoke Mandeville as the birthplace of the Paralympic Games. We will be honouring this connection at the official London 2012 Paralympic Flame Festival on 28 August.”
For more information on the Pulse programme, visit www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/london2012 or call 01296 585310.
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