Bucks Sport announce Olympic legacy plan

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE and Milton Keynes Sports Partnership, Bucks Sport, has announced its post Olympic legacy programme to ensure local people have an easy access to a wide range of sports activities, training and facilities on their doorstep for years to come.

Through seven different programmes aimed at a mix of young people, schools, workplaces, adults, talented sportspeople, those with disability, coaches and would-be coaches, Bucks Sport is hoping to help keep a generation inspired.

Mark Omerod, Director of Bucks Sport, said: “The Olympics is putting sport in the spotlight as never before.

“We’re ready to respond to this opportunity to get even more people in Buckinghamshire involved in some kind of sporting activity.

“The end of the Games actually marks the start of the legacy work we will implement here in Bucks.

“We’re working with a range of partners to ensure a co-ordinated delivery network is in place to keep the magic of the games in the heart of the local community, helping improve facilities, training more people to make sport happen and creating more opportunities.

“Since we won the Olympic bid, we’ve already seen a big increase in sporting activity in the county, especially in sports such as running, cycling and netball.”

One such programme is Reactivate.

Kicking off again in September, it now offers a month long line-up of free and reduced price sports and activity sessions at hundreds of venues around the county.

Open to anyone above the age of 14, it’s an opportunity for people to test drive a new sport or get back into one they have previously enjoyed.

And following on from the successes witnessed at Dorney Lake during the Games, another initiative soon to launch is CanRow (www.CanRow.org.uk).

This is an opportunity for people who saw rowing and sprint canoeing on TV to actually take part at Dorney.

There are five other Buckinghamshire London 2012 legacy programmes.

If you’re a resident, a club/sports facility, coach or would be coach, Bucks Sport can help you benefit from local and national London 2012 Games legacy programmes and funding.

For more information, go to www.buckssport.org or call 01296 585215.