Starting today (Tuesday 18 October), the people of Great Britain will be given the opportunity to decide which open spaces will be saved forever as an everlasting legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Fields in Trust and Asda invite the public to get involved in permanently protecting 2012 parks, playing fields and playgrounds as part of the next phase of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to mark HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A specially recorded video message from our Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge was screened today urging the British public to support this fantastic legacy programme saying:
‘We have been offered coastline and woodland, as well as existing children’s playgrounds and recreational fields. Now we need you to join in. In many areas, there are more nominations than can be accommodated so we need you to vote for your favourite space in your community. You can vote online, www.qe2fields.com, from October 18th but voting is only open for a month, so please don’t delay!’
Olympic silver medallist Roger Black and the TV presenter Kate Humble helped launch the ‘Save a Space for Me’ campaign in Greenwich – one of the Olympic host boroughs – earlier today along with local school children to celebrate the start of the public vote to support sites in local areas.
In Wales, Non Evans MBE launched the campaign on Penarth Athletic Fields in Cardiff – one of 7 sites nominated by the Vale of Glamorgan. She was ‘thrilled’ to be involved with the Challenge and the vote, saying that her illustrious career "all started on local playing fields".
Paul Kelly, Asda's Corporate Affairs Director said, ‘Asda is proud to be the principal partner of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Green spaces provide free, safe spaces for customers, colleagues and the wider community; everyone should have somewhere they can meet, play or relax – I would urge everybody to vote for a space within their local community.’
As well as being safeguarded for future generations Queen Elizabeth II Fields in England and Wales can apply for a grant from the £1 million SITA Trust fund to make these spaces even better.
‘SITA Trust are excited about this chance for the public to influence which green spaces get saved in their local areas. Having a Queen Elizabeth II Field will help communities connect with the legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year. And any Queen Elizabeth II park or playing field can apply to SITA Trust’s £1 million fund for improvements which is only available to QEII fields! So make sure you vote for ones near you.’ said Jools Granville, Communications Manager at SITA Trust.
‘Save a Space for Me is a quick and easy way for people to go online and show how important their local outdoor green spaces are to them so please take this opportunity to get your friends, family and colleagues involved. By clicking on your favourite sites you can become part of shaping your community.’ Kate Humble said.
So get clicking!
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge’s principal partner is Asda and the Asda Foundation
SITA Trust UK are also supporting the Challenge, creating an exclusive £1 million fund available for designated QEII sites in England and Wales to apply to.
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is also kindly supported by LV= who have been enthusiastic about the Challenge.