The Olympic and Paralympics
Devon County Council 2012 Legacy Plan Investment
We are really proud of the contribution Devonians made to the successful Olympics and Paralympics - whether as athletes, volunteers, officials. Already their achievements are providing us with a golden opportunity to harness the positivity and excitement of London 2012 to get more people involved in community sport in Devon.
Active Devon is tremendously excited that it has been able to agree £310,000 worth of investment from Devon County Council (DCC) into a 2012 Legacy Plan.
The investment starts in April 2013 and continues until March 2015. DCC's investment commitment is really significant and endorses the valuable role and wide impact that sport has in enriching our communities such as health and well-being, social inclusion and safer communities. You can see details of the press release by clicking here.
Active Devon is currently discussing with DCC how best we maximise impact and address the most important priorities with this investment.
We are making sure that it complements existing programmes and funding streams and ensuring that opportunities to attract other grants or sponsorship to grow the legacy investment are not missed.
When it is finalised we anticipate that the 2012 Legacy Plan will include the following elements:
Delivery of activities in local communities - the approach of working with local community groups to identify and provide the activities that people want is successful in getting more people involved and choosing active lifestyles. This can be informal, recreational sports activity just as often as formal competitive sport
Opportunities for Disabled People - The Paralympics represented a step change in people’s perception of disability sport BUT disabled people still face real barriers to getting involved in sport so we need to develop more opportunities for disabled people to get involved.
Mass participation events play a really important role in inspiring people to get involved in sport and stay involved in sport
It’s not just about participants - volunteers, coaches and officials are the lifeblood of grassroots sport - helping people access the right training and support gives them the confidence and ability to deliver higher quality activity sessions.
Activities not buildings - the investment to deliver the 2012 Legacy plan is revenue funding not capital so we will be focussing on activities and not building or other capital programmes but we can provide advice on other relevant funding programmes for these projects
When plans are finalised and agreed, further updates will appear here.