With just 100 days to go to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Hertfordshire has a packed programme of activities leading up to this momentous event.
Volunteer Centres across the county continue to recruit ‘Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners’ Volunteers to support activities around the Olympic Torch Relay passing through the county in July.
As the summer term begins, every Hertfordshire primary, middle, secondary and special school has received a ‘Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners Education Pack’. This comprises a CD and curriculum resources for schools to celebrate and learn about the London 2012 Games and the Olympic and Paralympic values, across curriculum subjects.
Following on from the success of Hertfordshire Primary schools’ Good School Food Gold Medal Challenge, it’s the secondary schools’ turn. Their two week journey around the world begins on 24 April with them tucking into school meals inspired by Olympic champions and is provided by and supported by Hertfordshire Catering and Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners.
The day after, (25 April) we officially welcome the British Canoe Union and the canoeists selected for Team GB to Hertfordshire with a reception at County Hall.
Hertfordshire County Council is working closely with the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) inside the venue on spectator safety and outside on traffic management, brand protection, emergency response and much more in the run up to the London 2012 Canoe Slalom event at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, which starts on 29 July.
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service continue with their preparations to ensure a safe and secure Olympic Games and are currently delivering a training and exercise programme designed to familiarise operational firefighters with the venue and surrounding area.
Out and about in the community 'The Green Team' - an award-winning sixteen-week voluntary training course for unemployed young people aged 16 to 25, is working in 15 locations across the county, including the Lee Valley White Water Centre. Set up by the Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners partnership and funded by the county council, they are creating or improving community areas to celebrate and commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“We are delighted to be so closely associated with this wonderful event by having an Olympic venue in the county,” said John Wood, Director of Environment and Commercial Services at Hertfordshire County Council.
“We have a packed programme of activities leading up to the opening ceremony on 27 July aimed at welcoming the world and delivering a lasting legacy from the Games in communities across Hertfordshire.”