To celebrate the start of the five-year countdown, Greenwich Council is inviting young people aged 11 to 19 to come along to Greenwich Park, itself an Olympic venue, for a festival of sport this Friday. For five hours from 1pm, the bandstand field will be choc-a-block with sporting opportunities from cricket and fencing to football training provided by Charlton Athletic, and mini-tennis.
There is even horse riding, as Greenwich Park will be home for the equestrian events in 2012. This week's free festival is open to young people from the borough of Greenwich aged 11 to 19, of all abilities, until 6pm. The open format will enable them to turn up anytime in the afternoon to join a range of team and individual sports, six of which include provision for those with disabilities.
Councillor John Fahy, Greenwich council's cabinet member for culture and Olympics, said: "In the two years since London won the 2012 bid, we've seen a growing level of enthusiasm for the Games and the sporting opportunities they offer. "The council hopes even more young people will come along on Friday to find out which sports they enjoy and even to discover talents they didn't realise they had. The fact young people with disabilities can share in these opportunities is a very important element of this celebration for the council."
To attract young people to try out sports over the summer, the council, Charlton Athletic and Greenwich Leisure Ltd are offering vouchers entitling young people to free swims or discounts on swimming lessons and football coaching. Anyone bringing the promotional event flier along on the day will qualify.
Cllr Fahy added: "This festival isn't the only sports activity being promoted in Greenwich this summer. "The council has a summer parks programme throughout the school holiday, offering a range of sports including football, rugby skills and go-karting."
For further details, call 020 8921 2012 or visit greenwich.gov.uk/sport