Right from the very beginning of the bid process in 2003 the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) placed clear focus on what could be achieved through the inspiration and power of sport, using it as a catalyst for positive change and inspiration both at home and abroad.
Suffolk was quick and enthusiastic to recognise the opportunity the Games presented and soon after the announcement that London had been awarded the Games the Suffolk Working Group for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was established.
Led by Suffolk County Council, the purpose of the group was to bring together business, sport, culture, tourism and voluntary organisations to work collaboratively to ensure that the county not only benefited from the biggest sporting event in the world, but also continued to benefit post-Games.
In order to summarise what was achieved in the county as a direct result of the Games two documents have been produced – a snapshot (PDF, 527 KB) of some of the key facts and figures of Suffolk's Games and a more detailed report (PDF, 1.06 MB) providing a summary of key facts and figures, a range of case studies and quotes, a timeline of key moments in Suffolk's journey to the Games and details on how the county is striving to secure a lasting post-Games legacy.
Whilst it is impossible to include everything that was achieved in Suffolk as a result of the London 2012 Games, it is hoped that these two documents provide a meaningful record of how the county embraced the Games and made the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Record your memories
There is still time to record your London 2012 memories. The Suffolk Record Office has created a permanent record of Suffolk’s participation in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Cultural Olympiad for current and future generations to learn from. The Record Office is keen to hear from you about the impact that London 2012 had on local communities, individuals, families, businesses, schools and groups. If you have any records, photographs, programmes etc why not take a look at our leaflet (PDF, 424Kb) to see how you can donate copies of your information for use by future generations?
Suffolk County Council recognises that if we are to truly deliver a sustainable legacy for Suffolk from the Games we must continue to work hard. This is why a partnership approach has been adopted by Suffolk’s key agencies to build on the inspiration of the London 2012 Games to drive participation in sport and physical activity and, ultimately, help Suffolk to become the most active county in England. For details of how the Most Active County campaign is shaping up contact Adam Baker.