Summer holiday scheme given Olympic accreditation

Published on 19th March 2012

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The sports development team at Cheltenham Borough Council are delighted that their Summer of Sport programme has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark.

The Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The programme is entirely new, something that no previous Olympic Games or Paralympic Games has done. Only a small selection of projects are awarded with this accreditation and the team are delighted to be able to utilise the Inspire mark to help create and sustain a legacy of sport and physical activity for Cheltenham beyond the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Summer of Sports programme runs throughout the summer holidays. It offers six weeks of action packed activity and includes Olympic related sports specific coaching workshops in sports from athletics, fencing, badminton, archery, water polo and many more. The programme also links in closely with local sports clubs in the area to provide quality coaching and exit pathways for participants to become involved in local clubs.

Tom Sparks, Cheltenham Borough Council's Sports Development Officer, said: "We’re so pleased to be accredited with the Inspire mark. Being part of the Inspire programme is a once in a life time opportunity. It provides a chance for young people to become involved in an Olympic inspired programme and to feel part of the 2012 Games! We will be kicking off the action with a busy Easter sport programme which runs throughout the Easter holidays and features workshops in street dance, dodgeball, fencing, archery and lots more!"

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, Cabinet Member for Sport and Culture, added: “The Inspire programme is driven by the Olympic Values, excellence, friendship and respect, and the Paralympic Values, courage, determination, equality and inspiration, and recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It’s a great achievement to be accredited with such an accolade.”

To find out more about the Easter holiday programme visit our website.


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This is the first time the Olympic and Paralympic Games Committee has sanctioned the use of a Games mark for non-commercial partners running projects to benefit local people and communities.