A permanent legacy across the capital from the Olympic Games has been created by Fields in Trust. 85 Queen Elizabeth II Fields now exist across the capital, providing their local communities with their own slice of the Olympic legacy. The Fields are outdoor recreational spaces that have been permanently protected through Fields in Trust and the local landowners including local authorities and voluntary groups.
Sites in London include Albert Road Rec in Haringey, a FIT Getting Active Award winner and the newly revamped Burgess Park in Southwark.
“Funds and other investment are important to creating a strong legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but without the where, without somewhere to practice and play, the funding and investment will have a limited impact.
“Free, local places to hone their skills and develop their talents are vital to creating the sports stars of tomorrow. Through the QEII Fields Challenge Fields in Trust have ensured this is possible through the UK”,
Helen Griffiths, CEO, Fields in Trust.
“Cheering on the amazing achievements of the athletes at the Olympic Games last summer it was important to remember how many of them started their careers on local green spaces. The spaces protected across the UK through Fields in Trust’s QEII Fields Challenge have ensured that thousands more people will have the opportunity to play sport at all levels for generations to come, ”
The Duke of Cambridge, President of Fields in Trust and Patron of the QEII Fields Challenge.
Since 2010, Fields in Trust has protected 1,498 acres of outdoor recreational space across London, part of the wider 20,000 acres protected nationwide to create a timeless legacy at the grassroots level. The QEII Fields Challenge was established specifically to create a legacy at the local level from the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Headed by its Patron The Duke of Cambridge, with principal partner Asda, the Challenge protected outdoor recreational spaces ranging from sports pitches to bicycle trails and more.
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