A permanent, nationwide legacy from the Olympic Games has been created by Fields in Trust. 1,593 Queen Elizabeth II Fields now exist across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, 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, town and parish council and voluntary groups.
"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"
Helen Griffiths, CEO, Fields in Trust. “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”.
“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.
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. Since 2010, Fields in Trust has protected 20, 890 acres of outdoor recreational space, creating a legacy at the grassroots level that is timeless. 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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• Established in 1925 by King George V, Fields in Trust works to improve the protection, provision and quality of outdoor recreational spaces for all communities in the UK. They currently protect 2,871 fields covering 28,865 acres.
• In 2012 they ran The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, protecting outdoor recreational spaces to build a legacy from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, with the Duke of Cambridge as Patron.
• Have a Field Days were launched as part of the Challenge.