PRESS RELEASE – 12 July 2013
Lord Coe’s special thanks to Wiltshire volunteer A hardworking Devizes, Wiltshire volunteer recently crowned a Community Games ‘Shining Light’, has received a VIP invite to join Lord Coe on the one-yearanniversary of the Olympics. Margaret Nightingale will receive a very special thank you by Lord Coe at the official opening of the Copper Box, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday July 27. The passionate volunteer from Devizes was awarded Wiltshire’s shining light as part of the Community Games Relay. The Community Games Relay is retracing the steps the Olympic Torch took in England last year. It started in Land’s End on May 19 and is shining a spotlight on 70 areas last year’s Olympic Torch visited in the country. Each day a volunteer who is a ‘Shining Light’ in their community is being acknowledged for the hard work they are doing. All 70 shining lights will come together in their jerseys to receive a thank you from Lord Coe at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on day 70 of the Relay. On the day Lord Coe will pay homage to Margaret and thank her for the role she has played in personally helping others to get involved in cycling activities through Community Games. Steve Boocock CEO Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership (WASP) said: “I am absolutely delighted Margaret has been invited to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on day 70 to receive a special thank you by Lord Coe. Margaret has been working tirelessly to ensure people in the Devizes area are able to avail of in particular cycling activities through the Community Games programme.
Lee Mason, Chief Executive, from the CSPN said: â€œThe Community Games programme brought thousands of communities together during the Olympic year, supported by a dedicated group of volunteers. It is fantastic to see the work of these volunteers being celebrated and acknowledged. It is only fitting that Lord Coe who himself, helped to light up the nation, thanks those who similarly light up their communities. I am very encouraged that there has been an appetite across the country to come together to celebrate the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2013. We already have more than 1,000 Community Games registered to take place this summer in communities all over the country.â€? ENDS
Below Editors notes for further background info.
NOTES TO EDITORS: Community Games:
The Community Games programme was launched in the West Midlands in 2009 and was originally funded for three years by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Last year 1,648 Community Games took place involving more than one million participants and 36,847 volunteers. Community Games is inspired by the Wenlock Olympian Games founded by Dr William Penny Brookes in 1850 and still held annually in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. The Wenlock Olympian Games were the inspiration behind the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games when Baron Pierre du Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic movement, visited the games in 1890. The Community Games programme pays homage to a community event that inspired a global event, and now uses that global event to inspire a new raft of community events.
The County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN): •
The County Sports Partnership Network brings together 49 County Sports Partnerships from across England, and is responsible for supporting the delivery of national sports policy at a local level by shaping it to the needs of local communities. The CSPN contributes to the health of the nation by helping local people lead healthier, active lives. The CSPN brings together the knowledge and expertise of a range of local delivery partners – including local authorities, clubs and schools – which enables it to use resources in the most efficient way possible to deliver sport in local communities.