Culture, Communities and Business Services Overview and AGENDA ITEM 7 Scrutiny Committee: 27th November 2008 SPORT AND LEISURE BLACKPOOL OLYMPIC PLAN 1.0 Matter for consideration 1.1 That the Committee consider an update on the Council’s Sport and Leisure Blackpool Olympic Plan. 2.0 Recommendation(s) 2.1 To note report, asking any relevant questions in relation to its content and making recommendations as appropriate. 3.0 Summary of key issues 3.1 Introduction 3.1.1 The announcement by the Olympic Committee in Paris in 2005 that London had been awarded the 2012 Olympic Games heralded the start of a new era for sport in this country. This journey commences with the increase and widening of the base of participation in sport and physical activity and the achievement of unparalleled levels of success on the international sporting stage to make Great Britain the most active and successful sporting nation in the world. 3.1.2 The government is considering a games legacy that delivers an enduring boost for British sport and in particular, young people’s physical activity, by encouraging thousands of volunteers from sports clubs across the United Kingdom and beyond. In addition to its impact on sport and the physical regeneration of East London, the government is expecting the Olympic Games to achieve at least £1.9 billion in economic benefit for the UK with over 850,000 visitors spending upwards of £650 million. 3.1.3 The focus on young people is appropriate, as according to the Olympic Charter (established by Pierre de Coubertin), the goal of the Olympic movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, requiring mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. 3.1.4 This emphasis on youth has been embraced by London 2012, with the vision of the Games being: “To stage an inspirational Games that captures the imagination of young people around the world and leave a lasting legacy.” 3.1.5 The Games creates a wealth of benefits, with the potential to leave a key legacy across the nation in culture, sport, volunteering, business and tourism. 3.2 Blackpool Vision 3.2.1 Blackpool’s Culture and Communities Directorate has been a key player in the development of the regional framework. As the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games are the world’s greatest celebration of sport and cultural diversity, it is important to provide Blackpool residents with the opportunity to connect with this experience and generate positive memories that will last a lifetime. 3.2.2 The Council’s vision, in respect of the Olympic Games: “Blackpool has a long and proud sporting heritage, which we will draw on to contribute to the finest Olympic Games and Paralympic Games the world has ever seen” 3.2.3 To fulfil this vision, we will utilise the strength, determination and competitive spirit of local communities, which in return will derive the maximum sporting health, social and economic benefit and provide residents with every opportunity to engage with the pride, passion and spirit of the 2012 Olympic Games. 3.3 Local Context 3.3.1 Blackpool has a strong local sporting community and boasts in excess of 120 sports clubs, groups and associations, many of whom have a long and proud sporting history. These clubs, groups and associations not only play a key role in the development of sporting opportunities for the local community but also promote the town’s sporting profile at county, regional, national and international level. 3.3.2 The recent success of Blackpool based teams and competitors contributes to the sporting profile. In particular, Shelly Woods’ success in winning a Silver and a Bronze medal at the Paralympics, has raised the profile of Blackpool in respect of the Games. 3.3.3 Blackpool has a proud tradition of hosting many successful and high profile sporting events. In 2008, in excess of 100 sporting events were hosted in Blackpool, which include the following: Great Britain v France Gymnastics – Junior’s and Women’s; International Blackpool Cyclefest, including junior, men’s, women’s and elite circuit racing with a 50 mile Fylde Coast Road Race; European Beach Volleyball Championships at St Chad’s Headlands on the Promenade; National Lead Climbing Championships at Bancroft Park; Tour of Britain – Final Stage start; National “Nationwide” Disability Athletics Championships at Stanley Park; Lancashire Youth Game at Stanley Park; and National Annual Easter Hockey Festival at Stanley Park and venues across the Fylde Coast. 3.3.4 These events and festivals provided a significant impact on both the profile of Blackpool and the local economy. For example, the Easter Hockey Festival achieved a secondary spend of in excess of £120,000 on accommodation alone. 3.4 Steering Group 3.4.1 Blackpool’s Olympic Steering Group has now been established with six key legacy themes identified as follows: Sport Physical Activity Leisure Services Major Business Events Enterprise and Leisure Business /Tourism Development Services Blackpool’s Legacy Framework for the 2012 Games Steering Group Cultural Education, Olympiad Skills and Cultural Volunteering Services/ Children and Tourism Young People/ Services Culture and Communities Tourism and the Visitor Economy Tourism Services 3.4.2 A number of projects and programmes have been identified and are scheduled to commence in 2009. These include the following: Blackpool’s Olympic Youth Games; Blackpool’s Olympic Excellence Card; Blackpool’s Olympic Education Programme; Blackpool’s Olympic Major Events Programme; Blackpool’s Olympic Disability Coaching Programme; Blackpool’s Cultural Olympiad Programme; Blackpool’s Olympic Volunteering Programme. 3.4.3 In addition to the above, the Steering Group are considering and exploring the following in relation to the Olympics: Attracting teams to use Blackpool as a training camp; Business Development Opportunities; Attracting visitors/spectators to the town; Skills development linked to sport and the Olympics; Blackpool’s Corporate Olympic Games. 3.5 Key Outcomes of Blackpool’s Olympic Programme 3.5.1. The key outcomes of the Olympic programme are as follows: Increased Participation in Sport and Culture; Increased numbers achieving excellence; Increased numbers volunteering and gaining skills; New Visitors/Tourists; New Business Development. 3.6 Next Step 3.6.1 The Steering Group are aiming to formally launch Blackpool’s Olympic Plan in January 2009. 4.0 Witnesses / representatives 4.1 As requested by the Committee members, the following persons have been invited to attend the meeting to speak on the matter: Chris Simcock, Head of Sport and Physical Activity Relevant officer: John Blackledge, Assistant Director of Leisure Services Tel: (01253) 4768430, e-mail: email@example.com Appendices attached: None. Background papers: None. Websites and e-mail links for further information: None. Glossary: None.
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