The latest Games news in your area Issue 4 Summer 2007 your Games Showtime Five years and counting... Cultural festival plans... Cycling into the future... In the fast lane Advisory Group on board... IOC impressed after visit... EDF to power 2012... New NOCs welcomed... Five years to go People of all ages enjoyed the Roadshow at Waltham Forest The five year countdown to the start of the London 2012 Games began in Waltham Forest on 27 July. Council leader Clyde Loakes welcomed a host of Olympic and Paralympic champions to the borough to join residents in an all-day event that included sports and street entertainment in Walthamstow Town Square. Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, led the celebrations with help from Kelly Holmes, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Jonathan Edwards and Roger Black. The event also received a visit from the London 2012 Roadshow bus, midway through its UK tour. The Roadshow began its journey in June, following the launch of the new London 2012 brand and logo. It put into action a promise, made by organisers at the launch, to ensure that London 2012 is ‘everyone’s Games’. Visitors were able to ‘join in’, trying out new sports and competing against Olympic and Paralympic champions. In Walthamstow, hundreds of people took part in Boxing, Football, Taekwondo, Fencing and Wheelchair Basketball sessions. Sportathon Hundreds of Greenwich schoolchildren got into the spirit of the 2012 Games at the annual Sportathon event, held at the Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks and hosted by Greenwich Council. The week-long festival saw children from 60 schools in the borough compete for medals across a range of team and individual sports. The winners received prizes from Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, who launched the ‘join in’ Roadshow on the Sportathon’s final day. Festival to showcase creative vision East London will be part of a four year Cultural Festival – the biggest ever held as part of an Olympic and Paralympic Games. Games organisers are putting together a programme of cultural and educational events, so that everyone can join in the London 2012 experience. The latest plans are the result of months of consultation with 4,000 people from the cultural creative sector in the UK. Artists, cultural organisations and the local community will be encouraged to come up with ideas for getting involved. The festival is part of a Cultural Olympiad that will start with the Handover Ceremony at the Beijing Games next summer. More information will be available later this year at: www.london2012.com/ culture Views over Hackney Marshes Local people are being asked to help shape the future of Hackney Marshes. The famous home of grassroots football is set to receive a threemillion pound investment in the leadup to the 2012 Games, with plans for improved facilities including the pitches and new changing rooms. Everyone can have their say on the future of Hackney Marshes Hackney Council and the London Development Agency are working together to deliver the improvements in the aim of encouraging more people to use and visit the Marshes. They need to hear from local residents to help them further their plans. For an information leaflet, and to take part in the consultation, please telephone: 0800 840 2929 In training for 2012 Games opportunities By Zarah Kamaly, Pre-Volunteer Programme graduate, Bow ‘I’ve always wanted to get into youth work, so when my cousin told me about the Pre-Volunteer Programme, I gave them a call to see if they could help me. ‘It’s a really good course – you learn first aid, health and safety and all kinds of other practical skills. ‘And it’s very enjoyable too. I’ve loved meeting all these new people and getting the chance to steward at big events in Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park. ‘Now I’m doing community work with Millennium Volunteers in Brick Lane and I’m hoping to start another course at the same college. ‘They’re helping us find paid work too, such as at the Dome in Greenwich where there are lots of new jobs. ‘We also get an interview to be an official 2012 Games volunteer. ‘I would love to do that. I don’t mind what I have to do. Anyone who’s involved in any way will have something amazing to talk about later on in life.’ The Pre-Volunteer Programme provides skills training to help Londoners prepare for volunteering and employment ahead of the 2012 Games. For more information, contact your local borough representative: Greenwich Shirley Ahiamattah 020 8312 7960 email@example.com Hackney Oliur Rahman 020 8820 7073 oliur.rahman@ learningtrust.co.uk Newham Stella Ikanik 020 8430 2000 stella.ikanik@ newham.gov.uk Tower Hamlets Paul Kassman 020 7364 1549 paul.kassman@ towerhamlets.gov.uk Waltham Forest Kehinde Oladipupo 07969 726976 kehinde.oladipupo@ walthamforest.gov.uk The VeloPark will leave a lasting legacy for the cycling community after 2012 Cycling into the future Plans for a world-class VeloPark, that will form a major local cycling centre after 2012, have been put on public display for the first time. In the week after the Tour de France – the world’s most famous cycle race – passed through Greenwich and Tower Hamlets, the Olympic Delivery Authority revealed its winning design for the venue to be built in the Olympic Park. The initial plans, by a team made up of Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates, include a 6,000-seat indoor Velodrome that will host Track Cycling in 2012. The plans also feature a BMX Circuit that will be repositioned after the Games as part of work to create a multi-discipline facility for local cyclists, including a Mountain Bike course and Road Cycling circuit linked to London’s cycle route network. Construction is due to start on the VeloPark in spring 2009, after a period of more detailed design work. vision LDA hands Olympic Park to ODA After more than four years of work to find new homes for businesses and residents the London Development Agency (LDA) has taken control of the remaining land required for the construction of the Olympic Park in East London. The LDA has handed the 2.5 square kilometre site to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). Hoardings have gone up around part of the site, and several local roads have been closed temporarily as large-scale demolition work gets under way. As work on the Park moves forward, the LDA is developing and funding skills and training programmes, as well as business support services to ensure that London and Londoners maximise the economic and social benefits that the hosting of the 2012 Games offers. The LDA and ODA are working closely on plans for the Park after 2012. People working on the Olympic Park gathered to mark the start of the five-year countdown to the London 2012 Games. Park progress in numbers 3 New business parks created for companies moving out of the Olympic Park 31 New bridges built 200 450 Businesses relocated New homes found for residents 3,000 Metres of hoardings put up Your Park If you live in the immediate Olympic Park area, look out for ‘your Park,’ which includes more information on the latest developments within the Park, including details 9,000 Workers on site at the peak of construction Employment focus: Newham A new, free recruitment and training service in Newham is helping job seekers and businesses benefit from growing opportunities in the borough. ‘Workplace’ provides tailored support for people who want to find out more about employment and training options in their area. Free courses are on offer in fields such as hospitality, retail and leisure, with help available for those who face barriers to employment through childcare, education or experience. The centre is based at Boardman House in The Broadway, Stratford, and includes BOOST – a recruitment service being offered across the five Host Boroughs to help local people find work on the 2012 Games. A second Workplace centre will open in Canning Town later this year. More information: www. newhamworkplace.co.uk IF Meetings BOOST 0845 155 2012 www.boost-opportunities. org.uk Local centres: Greenwich GLLaB 020 8858 7792 Hackney On-site 020 7241 7080 Newham Workplace 020 8430 4331 Tower Hamlets Skillsmatch 020 7364 3727 Waltham Forest 020 8496 4569 Darren Fuller Job seeker, Plaistow ‘I’m currently looking for work on the Games as an electrical improver. ‘I went back to college recently to improve my qualifications. I’ve just got two more units to finish then I’ll be good to go. ‘Someone told me about the BOOST scheme, so I registered through my nearest centre. I’m hoping they’ll match my CV with one of the local companies involved in the Olympic Park project. ‘The Games are happening right here on my doorstep and I’ve been told that local people like me will be able to get jobs. ‘I’m trying my hardest to improve my skills and I’m looking forward to getting an opportunity to use them. ‘I think BOOST will give me a great chance.’ join in… Tennis About Tennis Tennis began in the 11th century when a game called ‘Jeu de Paume’ became popular in French monasteries and palaces. The sport developed in England, where croquet lawns were used to stage the first official Lawn Tennis matches. At Athens 1896, the first Olympic Tennis tournament was won by Irish student John Boland. He went to the Games just to watch, but returned an Olympic champion. Compare that to today, when competitors are among the most famous names in world sport, playing for big prize money on the international circuit. join in… Tennis Tennis points Tennis is played on a rectangular court by two (Singles) or four (Doubles) players. Players are awarded 15 points for each point won, with scores advancing to 30, then 40 before a game is awarded. One theory behind this scoring system relates to the presence of a clock on the court. It is believed that the clock hand was moved forward by 15 minutes each time a point was awarded. If both players reach 40 points, it is called deuce. This comes from the French word ‘deux’ (two in English), which indicates a player must win by two points to take the game. join in… Tennis Tennis star Hackney’s Anne Keothavong started 2007 as the number one women’s tennis player in the United Kingdom. The former Kingsland Secondary School student grew up playing park tennis with her brothers and sisters in Hackney Downs. She was introduced to the sport by her parents, who came to London from Laos in South East Asia. She began with ‘short tennis’ at the age of four and eventually turned professional after school. Anne, who is known as ‘Special K,’ now travels all over the world playing tournaments, including the famous Wimbledon Championships. join in… Tennis Tennis in 2012 The London 2012 Olympic Tennis tournament will include Singles and Doubles events for men and women. It will be played at Wimbledon, south-west London, between Sunday 29 July and Sunday 4 August 2012. The Wheelchair Tennis tournament in the Paralympic Games will take place in the Olympic Park – at a new Paralympic Tennis and Archery venue in Eton Manor. Work has already begun on the site, which will become a state-of-the-art facility for local players after the Games, with six indoor and six outdoor courts. Join in – Play tennis in your borough Greenwich: Greenwich City Tennis Club: 020 8921 8088 Shooters Hill Lawn Tennis Club: 020 8850 2549 Blackheath Lawn Tennis Club: 01932 710 220 Hackney: Clissold Park: 020 7923 3660 Hackney Downs: 020 8985 1018 Millfields Park: 020 8985 4817 Newham: Langdon City Tennis Club: 020 8471 2411 (ext 269) Cranbook Castle Lawn Tennis and Social Club: 020 8554 6685 New Vic Tennis Club: 07885 144 496 Wheelchair Tennis Group: 020 8478 5142 Tower Hamlets: Tower Hamlets Tennis Club: 020 8980 0283 John Orwell Sports Centre: 020 7488 9421 Landon Park Leisure Centre: 020 7987 3575 Mile End Park Stadium: 020 8980 1885 Waltham Forest: Abbotts Park: 020 8539 7319 SCORE: 020 8556 5973 Ridgeway Park: 020 8524 9075 Memorial Park: 020 8524 1816 Low Hall Sport Ground: 020 8521 4885 Lloyd Park: 020 8527 1275 Key dates 2006-2008 Land preparation June 2009 Wimbledon’s new Centre Court roof is unveiled at the annual Championships June 2010 Construction starts on the Wheelchair Tennis and Paralympic Archery venue – Eton Manor in the Olympic Park 2010 Official start of London 2012 volunteer programme 27 July 2012 London 2012 Olympic Games begin. 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