Olympic Games 2012: Kent

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the London 2012 Olympics on Kent.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport and the Olympics)

The Government and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) established the Nations and Regions Group to ensure UK-wide engagement and to maximise the legacy from London 2012. This group works directly with representatives from each of the nations and English regions to realise the sporting, economic, and cultural benefits of the 2012 games.

Kent stands to gain from the wide range of opportunities created by the 2012 games, through businesses winning games-related work, increased tourism and cultural celebrations. Some examples of how the South East, and specifically Kent, will benefit from the games are given below.

Over 19,800 schools and colleges across the UK have registered for LOCOG's London 2012 education programme, Get Set; 3,020 schools and colleges are registered in the South East. In Kent 620 schools and colleges have registered for Get Set, including Sevenoaks Primary School and Sevenoaks Preparatory School.

Over 1,700 cultural or sporting projects across the UK have been awarded the Inspire mark. In the South East 156 projects have been awarded Inspire marks.

In addition, 233 contracts have been awarded by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to suppliers in the South East. Kent fencing company Chestnut Products Ltd was contracted to install the perimeter fencing to the main Olympic Park and also to supply and install the perimeter fencing for Broxbourne's White Water Canoe Centre. Chestnut Products Ltd also works directly as a contractor on a supply and install basis for general fencing around the park.

So far 24,924 companies in the region have registered on Competefor (the website where London 2012 contract opportunities are advertised), and 382 contracts have been awarded to Competefor suppliers. Not all the information on “supply chain” level contracts is in the public domain. There may be other companies that have secured “supply chain” contracts in the region.

I have also announced the ‘Places People Play' programme, which will bring sporting legacy to life in communities across the country. This will be achieved by transforming the places where people play sport, inspiring people to make sport happen at a local level and creating sporting opportunities that give everyone the chance to become part of the mass participation legacy. Further detail can be found at the following link:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/7565.aspx

In addition, the “Kent School Games” was part of the national pilot of the School Games programme that has been rolled out nationwide from September this year.

Locations across the UK, particularly those that are hosting international teams in pre-games training camps (PGTCs), have additional opportunities to realise the economic benefits of the games. 28 agreements have been signed with teams to hold PGTCs in the South East including the National Olympic Committee of Nepal who will be using facilities in Kent.

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