Olympic legacy will ensure Bucks people stay sporty

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the heptathlon with team mates Louise Hazel (right) and Katrina Johnson-Thompson
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the heptathlon with team mates Louise Hazel (right) and Katrina Johnson-Thompson
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As interest in sport reaches an all-time high off the back of the London Olympics, Bucks Sport is already making plans to ensure the benefits are felt locally for years to come.

The Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Sports Partnership wants to give residents easy access to a wide range of sporting activities, training and facilities on their doorsteps.

Through seven different programmes aimed at a mix of young people, schools, workplaces, adults, talented sportspeople, those with disability, coaches and would-be coaches, Bucks Sport is hoping to help ‘keep a generation inspired’.

Mark Ormerod, director of Bucks Sport, said success stories like that of Jessica Ennis (pcitured, right) and Mo Farah will only help to drive up participation.

“The Olympics is putting sport in the spotlight as never before and we’re ready to respond to this opportunity to get even more people in Bucks involved in some kind of sporting activity.

“The end of the Games actually marks the start of the legacy work we will implement here in Bucks.

“We’re working with a range of partners to ensure a co-ordinated delivery network is in place to keep the magic of the games in the heart of the local community, helping improve facilities, training more people to make sport happen and creating more opportunities.

“Since we won the Olympic bid, we’ve already seen a big increase in sporting activity in the county, especially in sports such as running, cycling and netball.”

A month-long line-up of free and reduced price sports and activity sessions at hundreds of venues around the county titled Reactivate takes place in September while another scheme, CanRow, offers people who enjoyed Olympic rowing the chance to take part at Dorney.