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Communities engaging with 2012 Issue 5

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Last chance to join London 2012 Inspire programme

The Inspire programme, running for three years, gives recognition to projects and events inspired by London 2012.

There are Inspire-mark projects spanning sport participation, culture, education, sustainability, volunteering and business opportunities all over the UK, for people of all ages and abilities.

Organisations that join the programme will be awarded the Inspire mark and can use this special logo to promote their project or event as well as show that they are part of London 2012.

In August the 1,500th Inspire mark was awarded to the West Midlands Fire Service in recognition of its Fire Fit community engagement programmes.

Non-commercial projects and events inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have until 1 December 2011 to apply to become an official London 2012 Inspire project.

After applications close in December, London 2012 will focus on supporting and showcasing the existing projects and events.

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: ‘I’m delighted that we already have so many fantastic, innovative projects that are using the Games to inspire and engage their local communities and we look forward to supporting and showcasing these brilliant projects next year. I urge more organisations to sign up and use this opportunity to play their part in London 2012.’

More information on how to qualify for the Inspire mark for organisations that have a project or event that has been inspired by the London 2012 Games is available at


The Torch Relay coming to a town near you!

The torch relay will offer a chance for local communities to engage and connect with the Olympic Games. Plans are being developed to host the torch and engage local communities along the route.

The relay will finish each evening at a location where there will be music and entertainment at (free) ticketed events. There are 4 night stops in the West Midlands – Worcester, Stoke, Birmingham and Coventry (see link below). To get involved, contact your local authority about the plans for the torch route.

Find out which towns in the West Midlands are on the torch route.