On Tuesday (3 April) the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games launched an initiative to help individuals within communities play an active role in bringing their friends, family and community members together to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.
London 2012 provides Local Leaders with ideas and tools to bring their friends, family and communities together to help make the most of the Games by creating celebrations for their village, town or City around the Olympic and Parlaympic Torch Relays, the 12 week UK-wide London 2012 Festival, or the Olympic and Paralympic sports action.
People can sign up to be a Local Leader at www.london2012.com/localleaders and can start to play an active part in preparing their community for international attention.
For the Paralympic Torch Relay, Local Leaders can help celebrate the national flame lightings in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales by lighting up every corner of the UK with a lantern. Local Leaders will be able to access hints and tips on how to take part in a lantern procession and decorate lanterns with good luck messages for their local Paralympic athlete.
Finally, for the last day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September, Local Leaders will be provided with ideas to bring together friends, family and neighbours for a Sunday get-together to see out an unforgettable summer in style.
By signing up at www.london2012.com/localleaders, Local Leaders will get access to London 2012 branding, posters and toolkits. Whether the Local Leader invites three friends or their whole community, London 2012 will provide them with the tools to make their celebration one to remember and create opportunities for people across the UK to join in. They will also be able to put their celebration events on the London 2012 Join In listings website, giving local community celebrations exposure on what will be one of the most visited websites in the world this year.
Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: “Local Leaders are brilliant organizers in every community around the country and play an active role in celebrating national events at a local level. Through this programme, Local Leaders will help provide opportunities for everyone around the UK to join in with the London 2012 Games.”
LOCOG has worked with community groups across the UK, including the Scouts, Girl Guides, NHS, YMCA, Rotary International, Garden Organic, Sport England, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland, Sport Northern Ireland, SAGA, Mumsnet, Women’s Institute and English Heritage, to inform people about the Local Leaders initiative. Already over 7,000 Local Leaders have signed up.