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An Inspiring Day

East of England Media Release:

11th May, 2012

UK Inspire Day: Wednesday 16th May

UK Inspire Day is a celebration of the London 2012 Inspire programme – a family of over 2700 projects across the UK that have been inspired by the Games to do something special in their local communities.

The East of England has 225 exceptional projects to have been awarded the coveted Inspire mark and become part of the London 2012 Inspire programme that has already given 10 million people across the UK an opportunity to join in with Games-inspired activity and try something new.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: ‘UK Inspire Day and is a time for us to celebrate the achievements of the London 2012 Inspire projects. Over 2700 exceptional projects across the country have been awarded the Inspire mark in recognition of the important contribution they have made to bringing the spirit of the Games into local communities. It’s an amazing achievement and I would like to thank the Eastern region for the part they have played in the programme and look forward to witnessing how their events and celebrations will continue to inspire the UK this summer.’

The projects span the themes of sport, culture, education, business, volunteering and sustainability.

In Hethersett, the Community was awarded an Inspire Mark for "Sport in the Park," an annual, fully inclusive and free event held at the Memorial Playing Field. This year, "Sport in the Park" is being held on Saturday 24 June between 11am and 4pm. Over 20 Olympic Sports will be featured and the public invited to "have a go."  "Sport in the Park" is just one of an extensive  series of events held as part of Hethersett Open Weekend, (22-24 June.) Other events include a 3 day Flower Festival, Brass Band Concert, "Hethersett`s Got Talent",  24-hour Swimming Marathon and  "Run the Square"  - a two mile fun run. 

Joseph Ballard, London 2012 Inspire Programmer for the East of England said: ‘We’ve a great variety of projects across the East of England, from smaller project focused on increasing community engagement to larger county-wide initiatives that involve regional and national partners. The UK won the bid to host the Games based on the promise we would all use the inspiration of the Olympic movement to animate the whole of the country. The Inspire programme has demonstrated this and that we’ve made 2012 a year to be proud of. There are so many different activities and events that have sprung from Games-inspiration and I urge people to check them out and have a go – for what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity in a host-country.’

For more information on regional Games-related activity, check out www.risingtothechallengeeast.co.uk. London 2012 also has its own What’s On calendar which is capturing events across the county, find out what’s happening in your local area by using www.london2012.com/join-in.