Our vision is to create a world-class performance, creating a positive legacy for every young person, business and community in the South East.
Planning and delivery
Since November 2005, the South East of England has been working to create a world-class legacy from the London 2012 Games for every young person, business and community in the region. We have already delivered a legacy that has economic, social and sporting impact across the region – and importantly, we are making our region the most accessible.
Oona Muirhead – Chair, the South East Partnership for the London 2012 Games:
'Our partnership has worked hard over the last six years to deliver a legacy that has a lasting impact in the South East – from increased tourism and business growth to raising the profile of the work of deaf and disabled artists. We have also worked hard to ensure that all parts of the South East have a chance to be involved in any way possible, in the excitement and build up to the London 2012 Games.’
The key partners who have worked to deliver this legacy are: all 74 South East Local Authorities; County Sports Partnerships; the Police forces across the region and our other important blue light service providers; Sport England; Tourism South East; Arts Council England South East; the Skills Funding Agency; NHS South and South Central; LOCOG and partners in Central Government.
The South East is home to three venues for the London 2012 Games: Eton Dorney, Brands Hatch and Olympic Road Cycling in Surrey.
Paralympic Torch Relay
The region will also play its role in the Paralympic Torch Relay. The UK-wide event will culminate in the joining of the four flames on 28 August at a Paralympic Flame lighting festival, which takes place at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire.
Through our work with schools (Get Set), local communities (Inspire) and via the Cultural Olympiad, just over 2.5m people from the South East have already had an experience linked to the London 2012 Games.
Find out about some of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival projects taking place in the South East
Pre-Games Training Camps
The South East has 38 agreements to host teams, sports and National Olympic and Paralympic Committees the length and breadth of the region. These range from Australia Athletics at Tonbridge School in Kent and the Chinese Equestrian team in the Chilterns District of Buckinghamshire, to a cluster of Caribbean nations in West Sussex and a further group of National Paralympic Committees at Stoke Mandeville.
In addition, important social and cultural links are already being made. The Barbados National Olympic Committee has visited Crawley in West Sussex on numerous occasions, taking its netball players out to local schools to meet and inspire young people.
Many schools in the South East have embraced the opportunity to celebrate the London 2012 Games. We have more than 3,300 schools signed up online with the Get Set programme, and over 2,500 of these schools have registered with the Get Set network – many of these schools will receive tickets to London 2012 events.
More than 750 businesses in the South East have won 1,100 contracts worth £2 billion as a result of our work on the London 2012 supply chain. These contracts include the likes of Icon Live in West Sussex, who won a souvenir license and through the contract have taken on new staff and increased their product range.
We have also trained 4,000 employees in the leisure and tourism sector to improve their customer service skills, ensuring that visitors to the UK receive a warm and professional welcome in the South East.
Through the region-wide ‘Accentuate’ programme, the South East aims to give disabled people the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the field of their choice, and raise the profile of their work. The programme is also working to make the region the most accessible, and to tell the story of Stoke Mandeville – widely believed to be the home of the Paralympic Games.
To date, the Accentuate programme has developed and delivered major disabled sporting events such as the Disabled British Open – the first international disabled golf championship; delivered access audits across the South East that have resulted in developments such as major investment in Aylesbury train station to improve the access features; and worked with English Heritage to provide a warm and accessible welcome to numerous historical venues across the South East.
For all enquiries related to the South East’s plans to benefit from the 2012 Games email Karen.Lacey@Culture.gsi.gov.uk