BASSETLAW is gearing up to host a huge programme of sports and activities to coincide with the 2012 Olympic games in London.
Bassetlaw Council’s cabinet committee has given agreement in principal to push ahead with plans they say could put the area on the national sporting map.
The Bassetlaw Games has been granted £25,000 council funding and a packed programme events will be revealed over the coming months.
“Bassetlaw will be at the forefront of the celebration of sports in the run up to the Olympic Games,” said deputy council leader Simon Greaves.
“Hundreds and hopefully thousands of people across Bassetlaw will be able to take part in sporting events by the end of this year and into next.”
“Our ambition is for as many people as possible to benefit their health through sport, and for school children to try at least one new Olympic sport.”
Coun Greaves said the sports clubs and organisations who had been involved, were very enthusiastic.
They look to benefit by hosting exciting sporting events and gaining more members while improving the health of people in Bassetlaw.
A steering group has been set up including councillors, local sports clubs and local media representatives.
Guardian sports editor Graham Smyth said: “The Bassetlaw Games will be a fantastic boost to the area in terms of raising the profile of sports clubs and getting more people involved in physical exercise.”
“As a local newspaper the Worksop Guardian will be doing its level best to promote the games and encourage as many Bassetlaw residents as possible to try out a new sport.”
“I hope that major employers in the area and local businesses will all play their part, so the games have a lasting legacy that goes well beyond 2012.”
The next stage is for the council’s overview and scrutiny committee to inspect the plans so far.
Coun Greaves said: “Once this is done we have free reign to really pick up the pace.”
“In terms of funding the council has provided a contingency budget of £25,000.”
“We will be speaking to companies and organisations about how they can help sponsor the project.”
He added: “If we achieve these plans, it will be something that is not being done any where in the country.”
“The Bassetlaw Games will have all eyes on our district and will leave a lasting legacy for the community.”