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Olympic Games 2012: Peterborough

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her latest assessment is of the legacy which will accrue to Peterborough constituency as a result of the 2012 London Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. (250947)

We are fully committed to ensuring a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games which spreads to all communities in the UK.

At a regional level this work is being taken forward by the Nations and Regions Group (NRG) who are working hard to ensure the benefits of 2012 reach across the UK. The east of England representative is Councillor Stephen Castle who also chairs Nations and Regions East (NRE). NRE is the partnership, which includes representation from both Peterborough city council and Cambridge county council, set up to provide strategic direction and support to county level working groups to take forward relevant and appropriate activity to maximise the benefits of 2012.

The east of England launched its regional plan to maximise the benefits of the Games on 13 November 2007. This can be found on the east of England regional development website:

http://www.eeda.org.uk/1607.asp

I am delighted to say that progress on legacy in the east of England and Peterborough is already being made. For example, of the 48 local authorities in the east of England, 26 are offering free swimming to both those aged 16 or under and 60 or over (including Peterborough). 65 facilities from the east of England, including Grange Farm Equestrian Centre in Peterborough are included in the official London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide; 22 events took place in the region during the Cultural Olympiad ‘Open Weekend’ and 60 special ‘handover flags’ were raised.

Furthermore, 353 schools and colleges covering 220,507 students in the east of England have registered on ‘Get Set’, the London 2012 education programme launched in September last year. Get Set provides a whole range of flexible, interactive learning resources and is designed to give expression to Olympic and Paralympic values.