After the Games what happens now?
PUBLISHED: 09:01 21 September 2012
The term “Olympics legacy” has been bandied about over the last four years but what does it actually mean for us?
We asked some of North Kent’s sports ambassadors and club managers whether they think the Games’ influence will trickle down to people’s lives…
Laurence Tricker, Cyclopark, Gravesend:
We are an Olympics legacy project and were funded to be part of the enthusiasm for sport in England but the harder task is to capture that enthusiasm.
We have had many school groups in but it is more difficult is to get people not in clubs or schools back into sport.
But measuring the real legacy will be in three to five years time.
I don’t think it will be a quick over night thing, with everyone on a bicycle.
In the media there has been so much enthusiasm for the Olympics it makes the bar so much higher to jump and it will be a challenge.
Andrea Kitchener, Gravesham Schools Sports Partnership
As a lasting legacy the PRIDE Values award programme was put into place, not just to congratulate people for achievements in sport but taking the values as a platform across pupils’ work in school such as respect, friendship, determination and courage. A lot of schools have taken on the PRIDE Values programme.
Just because the Olympics has been and gone the values still exist.
On the sporting side, next year we will have the Kent Hub Games and we are also running a leadership programme in schools.
All the schools are also creating a memento that the local community can enjoy for many years to come.
The lasting legacy is firmly in place.
Yuriy Zhovtyuk, Meapa Gymnastics Club, Gravesend
It is incredible.
We have so many people on the waiting list. In a single day we get 20 more people signing up.
Before the Olympics our membership was 600 but we have another 300 on the waiting list.
They saw the gymnastics and saw the medals the British team gained.
Many boys are signing up too.
At the moment we cater mainly for the girls but we are thinking about incorporating all the boys’ gymnastics equipment so they can take part in competitions.
But we have problems with space and would need funding to do that.
It is nice people are interested but that interest could wane over the year.
Val Blake, Arrow Riding Centre, Dartford
We had everyone here during the Games – the eventors, the dressage and the Paralympic riders - so for us it has been an exciting time.
We did play quite a part but because of who was here we had to keep quiet.
We have been very excited about it all and we had had quite an interest from a lot of people wanting to come to ride or volunteer.
There is definitely a legacy, especially for the disabled.
It gives everyone an incite into what they can achieve.
It gives all our riders the thought they can do something like this as well.
Ben Quilter, Paralympic judo bronze medallist training at the Performance Institute at Dartford Judo Club
It has been those most amazing experience of my career.
Judo has come out of these Olympics with a much better image than it had previously which is great.
We have been based in Dartford for a long time now.
It has always been a big club and is one of the best facilities in the UK and hopefully it can continue to operate.
It now falls into the hands of the coaches at the club level to provide a decent service for the children to get a good training.
It is just a case of schools and colleges investing in them in order for them to prosper.
Tony Durey, President of Dartford Harriers Athletics Club
We have had so much interest it’s almost a problem, although a nice problem to have.
We knew this would boost membership but we have had a 60 per cent increase in junior membership.
It started before the Olympics back in June.
Every club hopes their kids will be the stars of the future and that’s why we are concentrating on getting more coaches.
We have already seen some really good kids down here.
But in any sport an 8-year-old isn’t going to take themselves to the club, a mum or dad has to do it.
That’s why having the Olympics in London is so good because parents are taking an interest.
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