Olympic and Paralympic Legacy


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This year celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. We wanted to give community organisations throughout Newham the opportunity to commemorate the occasion by applying for a grant to deliver events or activity projects inspired by the Games.

It was a very competitive process with 67 applications and fantastic ideas put forward by all.

Grants of up to £2000 were awarded to 9 organisations who put forward some great projects that will help a variety of Newham residents to get active and maybe inspire our next generation of athletes!

Successful awardees/external partners:

  • Ascension Community Trust - Accessible Circuit Athletics Exercise Class
  • Ascension Eagles - Newham's Future Cheerleading Olympians
  • Becton Young Heroes - Warrior - Archery Programme for Children with addiction and mental health disorders.
  • Community Education Relief - Enabling Football Kick for Over 50s
  • Cycle Sisters - Supporting Muslim women in Newham to cycle
  • Early Start Ltd - Mini Olympics Family Sports Day
  • Inspire Women, Men and Children - London 2012 Anniversary Commemoration Project
  • NEWway Project - Bicycles for the Homeless
  • Pan African Women’s Association - Girls, Get together, Through Equestrian

NEWway Project: “The 10 Year Anniversary London 2012 Games Community Grant equipped a day centre for homeless people in Newham with 6 bikes and helmets. The bikes will help improve physical and mental health of those who are homeless and facilitate better transformation from street homelessness to integrated society through celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Olympic Games in London and regular bike trips to local public spaces in the following months.”

Cycle Sisters: “We're very grateful to Newham Council for supporting our work to engage Muslim women from Newham in cycling. This grant will enable us to help to reduce inequalities in accessing cycling by providing free bike hire for our social-led rides and creating opportunities for Muslim women to experience cycling at the Olympic VeloPark.  Through this project we will leave a legacy of strong role models who can continue to inspire a more diverse range of people to take up cycling.”

Early Start Ltd: “Early Start were delighted to have been awarded the 10 year anniversary grant by Newham Council. We ran two Mini-Olympics Family Sports Days and celebrated sport and some of our London Olympic heroes with over 100 people across our nurseries in Forest Gate and Manor Park. We all had a fantastic time and experienced an incredible energy. Parents and grandparents said the sports games were such a fun way for families to get to know each other and bring us together as a community. Thank you so much Newham Council for the grant and your support”.

Inspire Women Men And Children: “This year 2022, marks the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. Inspire Women, Men and Children would like to spearhead the commemoration of this occasion by delivering 3 days of social, sporting and cultural events for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and wider community in Newham. We believe this is a good way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the games because it will bring the community together to socialise at a time when Covid-19 has rendered everybody inactive, isolated and experiencing ill health. It will also remind and inspire people of the promises they made in 2012 to increase physical activity but have negated due to Covid-19”.