Olympics roadshow heads to Suffolk

SUFFOLK is set to host the Olympics - or at least a roadshow promoting them.The London 2012 Roadshow, which is due to be launched next month, has selected the county as one of the locations it will visit this summer to promote participation in sport.

SUFFOLK is set to host the Olympics - or at least a roadshow promoting them.

The London 2012 Roadshow, which is due to be launched next month, has selected the county as one of the locations it will visit this summer to promote participation in sport.

The roadshow is an annual event to encourage people across the country to get involved with the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

The special branded roadshow bus will visit the Suffolk Youth Games in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, July 8 - one of 27 stops in a ten-week tour of the UK.

At the youth games the roadshow will offer taster sessions in a range of traditional and exciting new sports for visitors to try. Professional sports advisors will be on hand to encourage visitors to find out more about local sporting clubs and facilities.

The 2007 Suffolk Youth Games will be held at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre and King Edward VI School from 10am to 5pm on July 8. Admission is free.

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Derek Bowden, chair of the Suffolk Strategic Group for the London 2012 Games, said: “We are delighted that the London 2012 Roadshow is visiting Suffolk and particularly the Suffolk Youth Games. Our event is a great annual showcase for the opportunities to take part in sport and active leisure pursuits in the county.”

London 2012 Chair Sebastian Coe said: “The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games are the UK's Games.

“This year's roadshow will show the whole country how everyone can be part of the 2012 Games, and everyone can benefit from the legacy long after the final race has been won.

“Improving sports participation has long been one of our most important legacy objectives from the Games, and this year's roadshow will focus on just that.”

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