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Council claim Olympics had inspirational effect on Basingstoke and Deane
6:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
THE LONDON 2012 Olympics had an inspirational effect on sport, business and culture in the borough, a new council report claims.
Marion Short, wellbeing and community manager for Basing-stoke and Deane, told a committee of councillors the entire borough had done its bit to meet Olympic aspirations.
She said: “We should be proud of the contribution our borough has made.” But she added: “We recognise that the legacy has to go on through participation.”
Among the benefits to the borough, outlined in the report, was the national publicity generated by the July 11 Olympic torch relay, which cost the borough council £30,000 to accommodate and attracted 50,000 spectators.
Councillor Robert Taylor, community wellbeing committee chairman, was enthusiastic about the report.
He said: “The things we have achieved are absolutely astounding, even though you can always say there should be higher |numbers.”
However, the report says that although interest was expressed by the Croatian and Uruguayan athletics teams and the Argentinian volleyball team, Basingstoke was not chosen as an Olympic training camp.
The report, prepared by Tim Boschi, head of community services, also makes clear that some aims, such as continued participation in exercise by children and adults, remain “hopes and aspirations”.
It says: “The challenge for the next few years is to maintain some of the momentum from the games.” It also refers to the Sport England Active People Survey, suggesting that 8.5 per cent fewer people in the borough now take part in moderate exercise compared with 2005-2006. Schools were also struggling to boost sport in a tough financial climate, the report admitted.
Ms Short told members of the committee that a report on sporting participation in the borough would be available next year.
Brighton Hill North ward councillor Carolyn Wooldridge said as the Tour de France was coming to Britain next year, she wanted to see more emphasis on cycling. Ms Short said this was likely to happen.
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