Ways volunteers can still get involved in the Olympic summer celebrations
As far as sporting years go, Summer 2012 is nothing short of epic.
The London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games are sure to be a once in a lifetime experience for everyone across the country.
It’s the combination of athletes, spectators, and not least the range of volunteering and community projects happening across the country, that are set to make up the Games’ lasting legacy.
As if that isn’t enough inspiration to get involved, the summer holiday season and its current glorious weather (at the time of writing) is a great opportunity to get sporty.
As well as keeping the body and mind in good shape, sport can bring communities together, provide the opportunity to try something different and meet some new and interesting people along the way.
Here’s our ideas ways to get sporty and get involved in the 2012 celebrations this summer…
London 2012 events and festivities
London 2012 has already created a host of legacy programmes and events - and there are still plenty of ways to get involved in the Olympic festivities and become part of something special. Check out the London 2012 “Join in” webpages for a full run-down of local programmes running during and well beyond the Games.
The 2012 Community Games
The Community Games are a great opportunity to bring your community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities inspired by, and in celebration of the Olympics. It’s up to you to organise your Games in a way that works for you and celebrate the uniqueness of your community. There are still plenty of events running well beyond the Games. Find out more on the website.
This year, anyone can be a hero. Whether it’s planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part – sport doesn’t just happen, it needs people to make it happen. Become one of 40,000 Sport Makers and you’ll not only get the skills, knowledge and opportunities you need to get more people playing sport, you’ll become part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports legacy. Now that really is something to add to your CV. Find out more and get involved.
This is nothing short of ingenious. Pairing runners with isolated, less mobile people in the community, GoodGym really does provide a meaningful way to excercise. Fit and willing volunteers can combine their exercise regime with any number of helpful tasks – from shifting rubble, and planting gardens to making deliveries and friendly visits to older people. The project has initially launched in East London, but plans are afoot to spread the initiative further. Find out more and get involved.
How are you celebrating 2012?
We’d love to hear how you’re getting involved in the London 2012 legacy. Share you experiences below.
For ideas and inspiration, why not check out the range of sports-related opportunities available on vinspired.com?
See the Sport England website for more useful information, advice & support for sports volunteers.