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Four golden ideas to keep the Olympic & Paralympic spirit alive

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Spirit of 2012
Release date:
1 5 2013

Big Lottery Fund is investing £5.3m in four inspirational UK-wide initiatives that will inspire and engage over two million people and ensure the 2012 spirit continues to thrive in communities through to 2014 and beyond.

Lord Coe, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, double Olympic gold medallist rower Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE, long-jump Olympian Chris Tomlinson and Paralympic bronze medallist shot putter Rob Womack are all giving their backing to the schemes.

The funding is being released ahead of the Big Lottery Fund’s £40 million ‘Spirit of 2012’ Trust, set up late last year, being formally established.

Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, Peter Ainsworth said: “Over £5 million pounds of activities will kick off in the months ahead, starting with Sustrans’ Pedal On UK, a mass participation cycling event, and continuing with a myriad of activities right through to summer next year. The aim is to accelerate and continue the changes in people’s attitudes and behaviours inspired in 2012 – ensuring they continue to impact on communities and individuals across the UK.

“With the recent Public Accounts Committee report warning that the enthusiasm generated by the 70,000 London 2012 volunteers is in danger of fizzling out, we are using the money we will receive from the sale of the Olympic Village to set up the ‘Spirit of 2012 Trust’ to ensure the volunteering spirit continues.”

The four UK-Wide projects Big Lottery Fund is backing today are: Get set to Make a Change; Join In; Pedal On UK and Britain’s Personal Best.

With £2.5m the British Olympic Foundation, the charitable arm of the British Olympic Association (BOA), in partnership with the British Paralympic Association (BPA), will deliver ‘Get Set to Make a Change’. Get Set will create a network of young individuals in communities who are inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Values, to deliver projects that will help their community become a better place to live. Young people across the UK will be encouraged to become more active within their communities through the use of promotional roadshows, social media activity and a website providing learning resources to support school engagement, case studies and workshops.

Lord Coe BOA Chairman said: “We are grateful for the support from the Big Lottery Fund. Get Set to Make a Change aims to use the legacy of the 2012 Games to continue to inspire young people to work in their communities to deliver projects that support the Olympic Values of excellence, respect and friendship and the Paralympic Values of determination, integrity, courage and equality.” 

Tim Reddish BPA Chairman said: "This is fantastic news. Our ambition for London 2012 was to ensure that as many people as possible saw how amazing Paralympic sport is and now that we have so many people engaged, it is important that we build on it. Get Set to Make a Change is one of the ways that we hope to do so."

The Join In Trust will use £1.5m to build on the expertise and enthusiasm of the 2012 Games Makers. A series of initiatives and events starting in July this year, one year on from the London 2012 opening ceremony, will encourage Games Makers, and others, to use the Join In website to identify and match up who needs their help volunteering in local communities across the UK.

Join In will work with thousands of sport clubs and community groups across the UK and encourage them to throw open their doors this summer and sign up new members and volunteers. An event on 19 July, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will be held to bring all London 2012 volunteers together and inspire them to get out into their local community and volunteer.

Join In Chairman Sir Charles Allen said: “We are delighted to be working with the Big Lottery Fund to secure the volunteering legacy of London 2012. This summer we have exciting plans in place to help create thousands of new volunteers. We are hosting an exciting event on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to ask London 2012 volunteers to get out into their community and make a difference as well as working with local clubs across the UK.  Working with the Games Makers, City Ambassadors and others, Join In is helping to change the volunteering landscape in the UK to deliver an outstanding legacy from the Games.”

Sustrans’ Pedal On UK will be funded with £360,000. The cycling event, led by a core team of volunteers, will travel along many of the newly opened walking and cycling routes on the National Cycle Network. It will be joined by celebrities, Games Makers, community groups, schools and volunteers and will raise awareness of these new routes and the benefits they bring to communities and the environment.

Building on the cycling success in 2012, heroes such as Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton will be inspirational role models. Communities across the UK will be visited starting from the South of England and ending in Glasgow where celebration events and festivals will be held raising awareness of the impact of cycling on issues such as obesity, community cohesion and access for all as well as encouraging people to take up volunteering activities. 

German Dector-Vega, Sustrans’ London Director said: “The success of 2012 inspired people up and down the country to get on their bikes and get active. Pedal On UK will inspire community pride and demonstrate the huge difference walking and cycling on the National Cycle Network makes to people’s everyday lives. Across the UK, millions of people of all ages and abilities can now use these cycling and walking routes to easily reach schools, shops, work and friends by bike, foot or wheelchair.

Society Network Foundation will use £1m for Britain’s Personal Best (BPB), a public engagement campaign that aims to galvanise and inspire communities to achieve a challenge of their choice and share their story to challenge and inspire others to take part. The challenges can be anything from ‘I want to stop smoking’ to ‘I want to volunteer more’. BPB will support participants in their endeavours online where they will be able to create or join a challenge to achieve a personal best, volunteer or raise funds for a local cause. In October, a mass participation weekend will invite UK residents to experience something new with their community, supported by 2000 volunteers. 

Chairman of the Society Network Foundation (SNF), Martyn Rose "Britain's Personal Best's ambition is to emulate the social energy unleashed by Olympics and Paralympics last year. Working with hundreds of civil society organisations we will create an annual weekend of mass participation that links personal accomplishment with group interaction, volunteering and charitable fundraising."

Baroness Grey-Thompson, who has been named as one of the trustees of the Spirit of 2012 Trust, welcomed the news: “I would like to see the fantastic spirit fostered by the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012 continuing to build throughout the country in the years to come.  The Games not only inspired but helped to change perceptions and further understanding of disability.

“The initiatives being funded today by the Big Lottery Fund take forward the Spirit of 2012 Trust’s aspiration to secure a lasting legacy.”

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Notes to Editors
• Big Lottery Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since June 2004 BIG has awarded over £6bn.
• The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £29 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment
• The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
The Big Lottery Fund announced on 23 September it would establish a trust to deliver an Olympic and Paralympic legacy for communities across the UK. BIG pledged that all the money it receives from the sale of the Olympic Village, likely to be between £30-40 million, will be committed to The Spirit of 2012 Trust. Five Trustees have so far been appointed. They are Dugald Mackie (Chair), Baroness Sue Campbell, John Gartside, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Paul Cuttill and Sir Harry Burns.
• Sustran’s Pedal On UK will use the Connect 2 cycle network part funded with £50m of Big Lottery Funding. A map of the network is available at:  Connect 2 Cycle Network
• Join In Trust  -The Join In Summer kicks off on 27 July and runs through to 9 September. More than 1,000 events have already been registered. The Go Local event is supported by the Mayor of London’s volunteering initiative, Team London. Team London is the Mayor’s volunteering programme for London (www.london.gov.uk/priorities/volunteering). Whether it’s cleaning up the environment or volunteering at a major event in the city, Team London mobilises community spirit and enthusiasm of Londoners to make a difference.  Further information at Join In

• Get Set -  The British Olympic Foundation and the British Paralympic Association are partnering to continue with the delivery of the London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’ as part of the legacy of London 2012 and it will continue to be the official Olympic and Paralympic education programme for schools across the UK. Further information is available at Get Set
• The first Britain’s Personal Best weekend takes place on 4-6 October 2013 and is supported by a wide range of civil society organisations including the Institute for Fundraising, the Association of Chief Executive of Voluntary Organisations, the Association of Chief Executives of Scottish Voluntary Organisations, CSV, Groundwork UK, NHS Confederation, NAVCA, 21st Legacy Trust, v Inspired and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. 
• Research published by Legacy Trust UK on 30 April 2013 reveals:
• London 2012 has inspired a generation of confident, engaged and skilled young people.
• 84% thought that London 2012 made a positive difference to the UK
• 73% of those involved in London 2012 activities have gone on to participate in another project as a result of their involvement
• 61% agree that London 2012 had transformed the lives of young people
• Impact of London 2012 went beyond sport to become showcase for UK culture
Further information is available at www.legacytrustuk.org
• Long-jumper Chris Tomlinson is a long-standing British talent in athletics. He has qualified for three Olympic games by reaching Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Lottery funded since 2001, Chris exploded onto the senior athletics scene a year later when, aged just 20, he broke a 34-year-old British Long Jump record. He became the British long jump record holder again in 2007 and 2011. Chris has won silver in 2008 at the World Indoor Championship and bronze at the 2010 European Championships.

• Rob Womack made his Paralympic debut at the London 2012 Games, competing in the F55 Shot Putt. He produced a personal best throw of 11.34m to claim the bronze medal. Rob first tried the sport in 2004 at the spinal unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and he has been competing ever since. He represented Great Britain for the first time at the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships in Assen, the Netherlands. Rob is a paraplegic after he had a disc prolapse in 2003.
• Rower Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE is a double Olympic Gold Medallist and double World Champion. He won his first Olympic Gold medal in the coxless four at Beijing and his second at London 2012 in the same event with team mates Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory. Andrew also competed in Athens 2004 in the men’s eight event, finishing 9th. The 2013 season has seen Andrew join London 2012 crewmates Pete Reed and Alex Gregory in the men’s eight, and the change has paid off as they raced well and earned a fine gold medal at the 2013 Sydney World Cup.



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