Community Games, which started as a Legacy Trust UK programme in the West Midlands, gives budding Olympians and local communities everywhere the chance to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games by encouraging friends, neighbours, colleagues and local organisations to come together and host their own events.
And the programme is now having a huge impact on the lives of people right across the country, providing the impetus for communities to come together, for public spaces to be injected with new life and for people to try new activities and get involved in physical activity.
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games aren't just about four weeks of sport in London; they're a culmination of a four year celebration of culture and diversity in communities up and down the UK. Community Games are one of the programmes Inspired By London 2012, bringing people of all backgrounds together in towns, cities and villages right across the West Midlands to take and play their part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. By holding your own Community Games, the inspiration of London 2012 will be coming to your community!
Part of the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012, Community Games are unique to the West Midlands and are inspired by the unique Olympic heritage of the West Midlands, the Wenlock Olympian Games. These have been held annually in Shropshire since 1850 and were the inspiration behind the modern Olympic movement.
The programme is funded by the Legacy Trust UK, and we, together with the other CSPs across the region, and other partners including StreetGames, will be supporting local communities and Community Games organisers to stage their own Community Games in 2011 and/or 2012.
To find out more about Community Games, how you can get involved, and the support on offer, please go to www.communitygames.org.uk
For more information on organising Community Games events in the Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire area, please contact Tracy Murphy on: 02476 574441 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download the usage of London 2012 Branding
Click here to see a Funding Guide to apply for money to stage your Community Games