A bracing way to get inspired
A Scarborough project is hoping to confound the recent bad weather and get thousands swimming in the sea as part of a unique cultural programme inspired by the Games.
Throughout the summer, Sea Swim, a partnership between imove, artists John Wedgwood Clarke and Lara Goodband and Scarborough Borough Council, are celebrating the creative inspiration that a bracing dip can bring.
The club is open to anyone: just pop along to Scarborough’s South Bay and find the Sea Swim HQ – a pair of beach huts transformed into mini-galleries, bursting with the artworks created by club members.
Club members join in regular swims, share their stories and create works of art. Carol Ann Duffy, The Poet Laureate, and Patron of Sea Swim said: “I am thrilled to be patron of this beautifully simple and simply beautiful idea. Poetry is going down to the sea again”’
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Games in the Park hop, skip and jump into Bradford
As anticipation builds ahead of the Olympic flame reaching Bradford next weekend, the spirit of the Games arrives at City Park today with an exciting programme of events.
Games in the Park will see local people of all ages taking part in a range of games from hopscotch to ballgames, to celebrate children’s games and how they’ve developed across the ages. The day will also include performances from local dance groups on the street.
The events are all part of the Cultural Olympiad programme in Yorkshire, funded by Legacy Trust UK, to create a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe said: “It’s great that Bradford has secured this imaginative opportunity for our young people to participate in the Cultural Olympiad.”
Sport Makers hits 10,000 as 2012 sporting legacy gathers pace with the help of Sir Steve Redgrave
Seventeen-year-old Tamara Radford recently became the 10,000th person inspired by London 2012 to sign up as a Sport Maker and get others playing sport.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over, the Sport England programmeaims to sign up 40,000 Sport Makers who want to make sport happen for their friends, neighbours or colleagues. They are invited to an informal and interactive workshop where they’ll gain the skills and opportunities to get involved in sport in their area.
Tamara, from Dinnington in South Yorkshire, said: “I’d like to work as a fitness trainer and get young people doing sport. When I heard about Sport Makers, I thought it be a great way to pick up some new skills and get some experience while having some fun.”
Sir Steve Redgrave, Sport Makers ambassador, said: “I’ve been really impressed with the early stages of the project. It goes to show you don’t need medals to become a sporting hero.”