Search

Countdown to the Olympics: what will the event bring to Islington?

06:33 25 April 2012

Islington Council leader Catherine West

Islington Council leader Catherine West

Archant

Islington Council leader Catherine West tells the Gazette what the Olympics will bring to the borough.

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

I can’t quite believe seven years have passed since that euphoric moment when we found out London would be hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The greatest show on earth is right here on our doorsteps and I’m thrilled that Islington will be at the heart of it all.

We’ve got the Czech Open House making its home in our borough – bringing with it an exciting array of arts and cultural activities, the Olympic Torch passing through on July 26, our Torch Sports Day in Highbury Fields and the chance to have a go at any of the 19 Olympic sports available in the borough.

London won the bid on the back of our young people and I want it to leave a legacy of people inspired to get involved in sports.

That’s why we told the Mayor of London we wouldn’t spend £50,000 on the disposable flags and bunting they wanted, but instead we’d put on a mini Olympics in Highbury Fields with schools.

It’s also why I’m delighted to announce that to celebrate this Olympic year we’re offering our young people (16 and under) free swimming over the summer holidays at Islington’s Archway, Highbury and Cally Pools.

We’ll be releasing the full details shortly.

Tickets for the Games are expensive, but we’re on the side of our community and have been working hard to make sure local people don’t miss out.

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, who covered the cost, we’re giving away more than 200 Olympic and Paralympic tickets to special people who do so much yet don’t get the recognition they deserve.

You’ve got until April 30 to nominate your Community Hero by visiting www.islington.gov.uk/communityheroes.

With just three months to go, excitement is mounting. For most of us this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be so close to the Olympic action.

Please don’t miss the opportunity to get involved.

Check out our full Olympic events diary at www.islington.gov.uk/olympics

Councillor Catherine West Leader of Islington Council

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 12:18
Islington's Borough Commander Gerry Campbell Pic: Dieter Perry

A new crack police team designed to wipe out violence within the family will be launched on Monday.

Fri, 16:09
Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Richmond Trew

A “notorious pickpocket” who was banned from using the tube has been jailed for six months after breaching his ASBO to steal a purse.

Fri, 08:10
MP Emily Thornberry: 'I grew up on a council estate'

An Islington MP has resigned from Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet after her tweet of a house draped with England flags saw her branded a ‘snob’.

Most read news

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition