Lancashire is already benefiting from the London 2012 Games. 19 businesses in the county have won Games-related contracts and 115 Lancashire schools have registered for ‘Get Set’ the official 2012 education programme, enabling them to use a range of Games-related materials.
Lancashire is also heavily involved in the region’s cultural legacy programme WE PLAY. For example, Abandon Normal Devices is a festival of new cinema and digital culture and is a new regional partnership between Film, Art and Creative Technology (FACT) (Liverpool), Comerhouse (Manchester) and Folly (Lancashire) and is partly funded by Legacy Trust UK. Another example is New Cultural Journeys which is a major youth culture and sport programme for the Fylde Coast and Lancashire.
Lancashire, and the Northwest region as a whole, is playing an active part in maximising the benefits of the London 2012 Games. A key part of the region’s plans are to ensure that all parts of the NW benefit and as such each sub region is represented on the NW Steering Group for the 2012 Games. This group feeds directly in to the Nations and Regions Group which is the joint Government Olympic Executive and London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games initiative aimed at deriving the maximum benefit from the Games for the whole of the UK.