Cambridgeshire celebrating London 2012

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WITH the Olympics set to make 2012 a year to remember, communities in Cambridgeshire are being invited to apply for money to help them organise events to celebrate the Games or Paralympic Games.

Cambridgeshire County Council has set up a special fund to help local groups and communities create activities and events to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in their local community, throughout the Summer of 2012.

Any bid should show how an event would involve and encourage young people as well as create a lasting and positive legacy for the community.

Grants of up to £500 will be available with applicants expected to agree to contribute additional funding or support in kind and ensure the event is linked to London 2012.

Councillor Martin Curtis, who leads on the Olympics at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The excitement is building ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as in these difficult times it is something which we can all look forward to. London 2012 will be a celebration not just of sporting excellence but of our cultural heritage and the ability of our communities to come together and celebrate the power of sport. Our new fund is there to help local groups and organisations make the most of 2012 and I can’t wait to see the ideas come in and develop into reality.”

For further information please contact Alastair Haines, Coordinator for the 2012 Olympiad on 01223-715479, go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/olympics2012/Small+Grants+2012.htm or email info@cambridgeshirecompetes.org.uk