Next July has been designated as Cultural Olympiad month – as part of the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 – and as part of that programme, the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP) is seeking to bring back together individuals and groups with a connection to Hertfordshire that were involved in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
On Saturday 18 July 2020, HSP – together with Sports Development Officers from Hertfordshire’s 10 district and borough councils – will be staging a Festival of Sport at the University of Hertfordshire Sports Village to mark the start of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The centrepiece of that event will be a lunch for participants, coaches, Games Makers, Officials and Torch Bearers that were involved in the London 2012 programme, to celebrate their involvement and achievements; to track their respective journeys over the intervening 8 years; and to reflect on how the 2012 Games used sport to unite the nation, and to portray the UK in a very favourable light on the world stage.
The Partnership has enlisted the support of Hertfordshire’s 2012 Olympic Ambassador, John Fuller – a Games Maker himself – to help coordinate the programme and in announcing the initiative.
HSP Partnership Director, John O’Callaghan said:
“Given the current divisions across today’s society, it is perhaps easy to forget the impact that the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games had in bringing together people of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds in such a positive way. Hertfordshire very much played its part in that success through a multi-agency approach – under the banner of Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners 2012 – which was so successful in generating additional economic activity and greatly enhanced community cohesion, across our communities.
“The county’s contribution to that success – on the people front – was equally impressive, with many individuals with a connection to Hertfordshire, involved as competitors, officials and volunteers.
“The Cultural Olympiad month, and the start of the Tokyo 2020 Games, provide an excellent opportunity for us to recreate the Spirit of 2012 and recognise those people whose efforts made it one of the greatest events in the history of world sport.
“Hertfordshire provided all types of participants – from medallists to baggage area attendants – and it is fitting that their efforts are remembered and recognised, and act as a catalyst and inspiration for the younger generation to develop a sporting habit for life. I look forward to welcoming them all to our celebration event next July.”
Anyone involved in any way in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games programme and who might be interested in being invited to the Spirit of 2012 lunch, should contact Kelly Fagan at firstname.lastname@example.org.