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Providing leadership to gain benefits from the Olympics

16 June, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín



The Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure has praised the partnerships that have been forged across all the public and private sectors to ensure that benefits are achieved from the Olympics.

Chairing the NI 2012 Leadership Group, Carál Ní Chuílin said she was encouraged by the progress made to date. The Minister said: “I am very impressed by the many programmes, initiatives and activities under way that demonstrate the benefits that are being achieved for people particularly young people in our local communities.”

“The Olympics is providing many opportunities for our local communities including securing the Olympic Torch Relay to the North for four days in June 2012. I would encourage everyone to get involved and to nominate torchbearers. These will be ordinary people who do extraordinary things in those communities.

“ I recently visited Lisburn Racquets Club to see and hear how they have attracted a prestigious pre-games qualifying tournament in badminton. This is an example of the benefits for sports. I am confident that further benefits in sport will be achieved ahead of the 2012 Games.

“And it’s not only sport that is maximising the potential of the Olympic Games so close to these shores. There have been business opportunities too with many local companies playing their part in building the Olympic stadium – and whilst 40 local businesses have already secured contracts, there are other contracts available.”

The Minister outlined how the 2012 Games would also benefit other important areas such as the arts, volunteering, tourism, education and skills. She said: “I am pleased with the progress we have made to date and I am confident that we will continue to work together across government and the public and private sector to do the best we can for young people and the economy. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity which will not come around again.”

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