Olympic inspiration in the East Riding

Progress at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London,  at the begining of February 2011. Pictured L-R, Paul Silvester, Ben Swain and Adam Toes.
Progress at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, at the begining of February 2011. Pictured L-R, Paul Silvester, Ben Swain and Adam Toes.

REPRESENTATIVES of East Riding-based Inspire projects were treated to a sneak preview of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Park with a special visit to the site of the Games in the capital.

The Inspire programme, an Olympic and Paralympic first, offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for people across Yorkshire to be part of the London 2012 Games.

With the region’s 84th project recently being awarded the Inspire mark, around 450,000 people across the region have taken part, or will be taking part in, Inspire projects.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has six Inspire-marked sport projects, ranging from the East Riding Games which consists of a number of sports sessions and competitions for council workers, to the Multi-Skill Disability Clubs programme.

The council is also working on a Golfing Your Way to Health programme, the Talented Athletes Leisure Centre Scheme (TALCS) Ambassador scheme and a Mini Water Polo initiative.

Taking part in the visit were East Riding Council community recreation officer Adam Toes and project lead Paul Silvester, who is running a care homes games scheme for people in residential care.

After the visit Paul said: “Seeing it you realise what an unbelievable event it will be. It is going to be massive.”

Adam added: “It has inspired us personally and made us realise how very close 2012 is and we can pass on that message to all the people involved in our projects.”

The Inspire Programme is supported by Yorkshire Gold, which is part of Welcome to Yorkshire, the region’s official tourism body, which is committed to seizing the opportunities of London 2012.

Yorkshire Inspire Programmer James Tabberer said: “London 2012 is inspiring young people in Yorkshire to take part and make positive changes in their lives. It was great to see some of them here today, representing some of our best Games-inspired projects and flying the flag