Today, 16 May 2012 is officially Inspire Day, marking the start of a summer promising Olympic themed fun. With just about a month to go until the torch arrives with us in York, on the 19 June, the city will be celebrating with many 2012 games inspired events today to get us in the mood.
Inspire Day aims to allow everyone across the UK to get ready for the Olympic and Paralympic games and although the games are due to be based in London there is great encouragement for all to be involved. Events and projects across the country have been given the London 2012 Inspired stamp of approval for helping to bring the spirit of games to local community’s towns and villages.
There have been several organisations in York have taken up the challenge of participating in this day with motivating projects being created and receiving the stamp of approval. They are as follows:
- Today’s Youth: Tomorrows Leaders – North Yorkshire Sport
- Let it Row, Let it Row – York High School
- York Enterprise 2012: Ready, steady, GROW – University of York
- Sporting Giants – City of York Council
- Celebrating Ability Day – City of York Council
- Sports Club Open Days – City of York Council
- 50+ Games – City of York Council
These projects will enable a number of great things to take place around the city ranging from getting young children excited and involved in sports such as rowing, to almost 30 four metre high biochemical puppets, which have been created by York’s Primary schools. Sonja Crisp, York Council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said, ‘The Inspire Marked projects help spread the spirit and legacy of the Olympic movement to all parts of Great Britain.
York has an abundance of talented and committed individuals and organisations who richly deserve their Inspire Marks. Their projects add to the health, wellbeing and fun of life in York as well as helping establish a lasting legacy of committed participants and volunteers for the future.’
There is no doubt that Inspire Day will promote a great range of sports and activities around the city for all to get involved in, from young to old. The day offers a chance to raise the health and welfare of York and simply just to have fun. So why not get active and join in?