Local groups are being invited to bid for funding to stage their own Community Games in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.
It’s an opportunity for people across the Tees Valley to come together and celebrate the 2012 Games by creating their own Olympic or Paralympic moment.
Tees Valley Sport has created a Community Games Fund and community and voluntary groups are being invited to apply for up to £300 to help organise their event.
Community Games events will take place between May and September in parks, community centres and other local facilities, with the aim of highlighting and celebrating the uniqueness of local communities.
Some communities may focus on contests to give the event a competitive element while others may look to give young people a chance to try their hand at a new sport, from archery to volleyball.
A Community Games event might celebrate the visit of the London 2012 Torch Relay to Middlesbrough in June – the emphasis is on giving everybody an opportunity to get involved.
Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “The Community Games are a great way to capture the core values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and show how these are reflected in our local communities.
“We’re really looking forward to hearing the ideas that people put forward as part of the Tees Valley Community Games programme, and we’ll be there throughout to offer help and support to the organisers.
“The funding on offer will also help with planning events, and we will be working closely with Tees Valley YMCA to ensure local communities make the most of partnership opportunities.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the excitement of the London 2012 Games and show that Middlesbrough and the whole of the Tees Valley are part of this once in a lifetime spectacle.”
To find out more and register an interest, visit Community Games
For further information contact Community Sport Network Officer Sheila Boyes on 01642 515613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Catherine Woods at Tees Valley Sport on 01642 342287 or email email@example.com