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Olympic Games 2012: Hertfordshire

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games is taking to ensure that residents of Hertfordshire benefit from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and if she will make a statement. (285956)

The Broxbourne white water canoe centre (BWWCC) will provide benefits for the residents of Hertfordshire before, during and after the games. It will be open to the public before the London 2012 games.

Events were held on 3 July to mark the beginning of construction work at the BWWCC site. As part of these events, 550 local residents attended and took the opportunity to find out more about the construction of the BWWCC and its lasting legacy for Hertfordshire as a world-class white water canoeing and rafting centre that will be open to the public after the games.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) work with representatives of the East of England through their joint Nations and Regions Group (NRG) to ensure that the region, and more broadly the whole of the UK, benefits from the opportunities the games provide. Across the East of England, nearly 600 schools and colleges are involved in LOCOG’s domestic education programme, Get Set, while 66 LOCOG-approved facilities have been included in the official London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide. 13 community projects are now using the Inspire Mark, LOCOG’s non-commercial brand. At last year’s handover celebrations, 49 events were held across the region and 60 special ‘2012 handover’ flags were raised.

The county has 17 pre-games training camps for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and links are being built with national Olympic committees to attract teams to these venues. Hertfordshire also has over 2,000 businesses registered with the London 2012 business network and six contracts awarded through CompeteFor, the free brokerage service between buyers throughout the London 2012 supply chain. Hertfordshire also has a number of events planned for the forthcoming London 2012 Open Weekend to be held on 24-26 July including the Junk Percussion workshops being held in and around the Broxbourne area.