The Olympic torch will arrive in London in 2008; 100 years after the first London Olympic Games took place here in 1908 at the White City, in Hammersmith & Fulham. The excitement of hosting the 2 012 games will undoubtedly inspire a generation of athletes. In Hammersmith & Fulham, we hope that it will also inspire people of all ages to become involved in sport and physical activity. We want the advent of the Olympics and Paralympics to be an opportunity for local people to try a new sport or activity and become involved in more active lifestyles that will bring social and physical as well as medical benefits.
Sport in Hammersmith & Fulham has a long and illustrious past. The legacy of the 1908 games still exists in White City with many street names and the area itself being named after the original Olympic village. In more recent years, the borough has been home to one of the country’s greatest Olympians, Linford Christie, and the borough’s main athletics stadium is named after him in honour of his success. Over the coming years, we have the chance to nurture the next local medal winners, to leave an inspirational legacy like Linford’s. But we also have the chance to leave the legacy of participation and involvement.
Sport and physical activity should not be a luxury in modern life. The role of physical activity cannot be understated, having a major effect on both our physical and mental well-being; active people are likely to have longer, healthier lives. Hammersmith & Fulham has many excellent public and private sports facilities and clubs, as well as three major football clubs. We are committed to ensuring that all parts of our community are able to use these facilities and take up the benefits that active lifestyles offer.
Sport also meets many of the needs that young people cannot easily fulfil in our society. It provides something to aspire to, brings people from many different cultures and social groups together, promotes teamworking, builds confidence, produces positive role models and gives a sense of well being. It can be a constructive alternative to antisocial behaviour and for an increasing number of young people, a future career.
Most importantly, sport and physical activity is something that we can all enjoy, allowing a precious escape from the pressures of everyday life. Whether it’s watching our favourite team win, a local athlete break a record or beating our own personal best, sport and physical activity is an enjoyable element in our community that provides benefits for everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin, background or ability.
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