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Triple boost to Big Lottery Fund plans to sustain Olympic spirit

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Release date:
21 12 2012

BIG Lottery Fund Chair Peter Ainsworth has today announced the first appointments to a top notch team of Trustees for its new ‘Spirit of 2012 Trust’ as well as an immediate additional £5 million for projects that pave the way for the work of the Trust itself.

Today’s Spirit of 2012 announcement builds on the September decision by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to invest £40 million in building a legacy from the 2012 Games.
Peter Ainsworth said: "I am delighted to announce the establishment of the 'Spirit of 2012 Trust' which the Big Lottery Fund will endow with up to £40 million of good cause cash. We hope to attract at least as much from other sources.”

“It is great news that we can also announce today the first five excellent, highly respected individuals who have agreed to work as early-stage Trustees, helping get the Spirit of 2012 Trust off to a flying start by establishing the long term strategy for the Trust and building a team who will achieve great things in the future.”

The early-stage trustees are:

• Baroness Sue Campbell - Chair of UK Sport and the Youth Sport Trust, the person in the vanguard of making the changes that made British sport more successful at the 2012 Games than ever before.

• John Gartside, OBE - ex Board member of the Big Lottery Fund, Founder Trustee of the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Foundation for Peace (Peace Centre) and a Trustee of the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation. John brings his considerable experience of work in education, health, charities and grant-making to the trust.

• Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson - 11 time gold medal winner, Parliamentarian and television presenter, Baroness Grey Thompson will bring her considerable Paralympic and  political experience to the trust.

• Sir Nicholas Kenyon - Managing Director of the Barbican Centre and, as a member of the Cultural Olympiad Board, a person who helped make 2012 memorable for artistic excellence as well as sporting prowess.

• Dugald Mackie - currently Chair of the Legacy Trust UK, the body that funded over 100 arts, sports and education projects across the UK as part of the celebrations for  London 2012 and which is helping projects to develop their legacy from the Games.

Mr Ainsworth continued: "The final group of Trustees will include representation from all parts of the UK.  We will ensure that effective links are made between work associated with London 2012 and the brilliant efforts already underway to build and sustain community related activities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.”
In the meantime, the Big Lottery Fund can announce that, in addition to cash it will release to endow the new Trust, it is willing, in principle, to make available immediately at least a further £5 million to support nationally significant community-related activities that embody the spirit of 2012.  These investments will sustain essential momentum and build on existing successes while the Trust itself gets established.

BIG is in discussion with a number of organisations about how this momentum might be sustained. 

• Join In - the charity set up to galvanise the expertise and enthusiasm of the 2012 Gamesmakers during 2013.

• Get Set -  the London 2012 domestic education programme in schools and colleges across the country, to build on and share the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Values to create positive social change.  

• Sustrans - the national transport charity, about how we can build on the excitement of Team GB’s cycling team to organise a mass participation event for cyclists  to mark the completion of over 80 cycling and walking networks funded by BIG.

• Britain’s Personal Best - an initiative which, inspired by 2012, aims to create a new, iconic national event where everyone in the UK can take part.

Subject to proposals of the right quality coming forward, BIG hopes to announce more about how it will support these ideas early in the New Year and is keen to hear ideas from others about how they might help deliver a legacy for 2012.

Further Information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours media contact: 07867 500 572
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Notes to Editors

  • The Big Lottery Fund announced on 23 September it would establish a trust to deliver and 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 a trust with four governing aims.
  • Firstly, it should help volunteers involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games to maintain their commitment and energy for the benefit of their local communities.
  • Secondly, the trust should help inspire communities to think about how they can build on the Olympic and Paralympic values which, through events such as the Torch Relay and the Cultural Olympiad, went beyond sport and reached out to the whole of the UK.
  • Thirdly, it should build on the huge shift in perceptions brought about by the Paralympics to promote greater understanding of the issues facing people with disabilities.
  • Finally the trust needs to provide a source of long term focus and support to carry this UK-wide spirit of engagement through into Glasgow 2014 and the great events that will mark the coming decade.