22 July 2010

Northamptonshire’s 2012 Strategy is set to be officially launched tomorrow (Friday 23rd July).

Developed ahead of the London 2012 games, the overall aim of the strategy is to ensure Northamptonshire is recognised as the county with fastest-growing cultural and sporting participation.

The strategy includes five key outcomes that will help Northamptonshire to achieve this aim. These are:

  • Every child and young person to be inspired by the Olympics by 2012.
  • Supporting talented athletes to perform at an international level and attracting international teams and events to the county.
  • Significant increase in participation levels contributing towards Northamptonshire becoming the fittest county in England.
  • Winning business, supporting the economy of Northamptonshire and developing international links.
  • Improve Northamptonshire’s national and international profile through the promotion and celebration of our unique cultural heritage and assets.

Councillor David Mackintosh, county council cabinet member for strategy communications and external relations said: “This strategy has been developed with our partners to ensure that there is lasting Olympic legacy for all Northamptonshire residents.

“There is a huge amount of activity being planned for the next two years, all with the overall aim of achieving our goal of Northamptonshire being recognised as the county with fastest-growing cultural and sporting participation.

“In particular, we want to see young people benefit from everything that is happening as part of the Olympics. We want local schools to run their own Olympic-inspired events and aim to see all county council schools sign-up to the London 2012 education programme called Get Set; so far 30% have already agreed to take part.

”This truly is an unprecedented opportunity to inspire and engage both young and old in the county in what will truly be a once-in-a-life event.”

Northants 2012 Chair, Chris Mallender, said: “It is a real privilege to chair and co-ordinate Northamptonshire's work on 2012. We have six fantastic Olympic Training Camp facilities and a growing number of fast improving potential Olympian and Paralympians.

“It is vital that we capitalise on the huge opportunities afforded by London 2012 to secure a positive legacy of increased participation in culture and sport by every resident in the county.”

The launch coincides with Open Weekend (23rd to 25th July), a UK-wide celebration marking two years to the start of the London 2012 games.

The strategy has been developed in partnership by Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Sport, Northamptonshire Enterprise Limited and NHS Northamptonshire.

For more information about the events planned in Northamptonshire for the Open Weekend (23rd to 25th July) visit http://www.london2012.com/