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Celebrating, inspiring and looking ahead with 100 days to go

18 April 2012 in 2012 Games and legacy and Business and Mayor and Regeneration and Events
You could not possibly have missed the fact that today we have reached the milestone of 100 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympics.
In just 100 days the eyes of the world will be on Newham and we will seize the opportunity to shine as never before and build a lasting legacy for our residents.

It’s worth remembering just what’s been achieved in the short time since the Games was awarded to London in 2005.

Newham Council has delivered on our promise to increase employment opportunities in the borough. We’ve invested £5 million in Workplace, our jobs brokerage scheme that helps local unemployed people get the training and support they need to secure jobs. In the past 12 months 5,000 residents found work.

Some of those are Olympic-related jobs, but many more are to do with the wider regeneration that’s going on.

The motto for the Games is Inspiring a Generation. Newham Council is ready to do just that by building a resilient community.

For us the Games have been about legacy since day one. We’ll be here long after the athletes have packed away their medals and the journalists have moved on, so the council has been, and will remain, active in making sure we really deliver on lasting change for local people.

We are building a stronger community here in Newham that has a sense of achievement and the feeling that where you come from is worth something. We’re making Newham a place that people know about, want to visit and where people choose to stay – that’s what we’re striving for.

We don’t need much of an excuse to party here in Newham and you don’t get a better excuse than a once-in-a-lifetime global sporting event.

Our aim is to host 601 events here in Newham during the Diamond Jubilee and Games under the Let’s Get the Party Started banner.

There’s the Mayor’s Newham Show in Central Park on Saturday, July 21 when we will welcome the Olympic torch. Central Park and Stratford Park will be hosting the giant screens that will bring people together to watch for free the Olympic and Paralympic Games from July to September.

There will be community street parties, children’s activities, live music, sporting events and more. There’s something for everyone. The summer of 2012 will be one to remember for a long time to come.

One of my promises is that everyone in Newham will have the opportunity to get involved in sport and every child will be a sportsperson. The council is committed to supporting our talented youngsters to reach the top through programmes such as Every Child a Sportsperson.

The Games will be the biggest challenge the council has ever faced. Creating a lasting legacy will require dedication and more hard work.

The council has risen to meet the challenges of making London 2012 a reality. Our ultimate goal is to create a strong, vibrant and confident community in Newham. That’s what we are working towards over the next 100 days and beyond.

Mayor of Newham
Sir Robin Wales