2012 Olympics

The Olympics provides an opportunity for us to celebrate all that is good about our country and culture.

We want to ensure that residents feel part of the Games. We plan to use the Games to inspire local residents to embrace the ethos of the Olympics, increase levels of participation in sport, physical activity and volunteering.

Active Rushcliffe is leading the detailed planning and co-ordination of activities for Rushcliffe.

We’ll keep this page updated with relevant information in the run up to the 2012 Olympics next summer so come back soon to check for updates.

Olympic Torch Relay

The official logo of the Olympic Torch Relay   

From 19 May to 27 July, the London 2012 Olympic Torch will travel the UK. During a 70 day tour, 8000 torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame to over 1000 cities, towns and villages, coming within 10 miles of 95% of the population.

The Olympic Torch will arrive in Nottinghamshire on Thursday 28 June and is expected to be greeted by a carnival atmosphere. The flame will visit various iconic locations around the County including Sherwood Forest, the National Ice Centre and the National Watersports Centre, before arriving in Nottingham City Cetre for a spectacular evening celebration.

Torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame in Radclife on Trent and West Bridgford. Celebrations are planned in both areas, with opportunities for residents to view the relay and enjoy fun activities such as street theatre, face painting and music.

The route of the Olympic Torch Relay in Nottinghamshire is available to view online. Further details will be available closer to the date.

If you are planning to organise an event to co-incide with the arrival of the Torch please refer to Nottinghamshire County Council's document: Briefing Note: Organisers of Olympic Torch Relay Celebration Events


Lionheart Project announces UK tour dates

Shauna Richardson’s ‘Lionheart Project’ announced today its UK tour, which will see three giant crocheted lions travelling the country in a 16 metre long illuminated glass case. Starting on 1 May 2012 at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, the three giant lions will tour the East Midlands before arriving at the Natural History Museum in London in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Harking back to a travelling menagerie show, the lions will also visit venues in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northampton and Nottingham, calling in at events such as SO Festival and Twycross Zoo. The lions will reach out to an estimated audience of over half a million visitors across all venues, with countless more sightings when they take to the road.

Shauna Richardson is an artist known for her realistic crochet animal creations, a body of work she calls ‘Crochetdermy’. Over the course of two years, Richardson has individually crocheted the three lions over nine metre long structures. Celebrating the rich textile heritage of the East Midlands, Richardson has used 36 miles of Swaledale wool from the Derbyshire Dales, to create an interpretation of the three golden lions on Richard the Lionheart’s coat of arms, a strong symbol of England.

A unique and highly accessible public art project, Lionheart has been designed to actively engage and inspire a diverse audience from open studio activities, school and community projects and workshops, to the final piece being witnessed through the transparent glass case on the road which will be illuminated at night. Lionheart can also be experienced through a number of viral initiatives aimed at getting the whole nation crocheting, including ‘Guerrilla Crochet’ where members of the public are being encouraged to make their own textile installations and share images of these unexpected pop-up crotchet creations online.

One of 12 Arts Council England’s Artists Taking the Lead commissions, the project will form part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme.

Artist Shauna Richardson said: “The brief for Artists Taking the Lead was extraordinary. Here was an exciting opportunity to think big and create something spectacular in the East Midlands that would celebrate the region. Through my practice I came into contact with the theory that anything can be art, with Lionheart Project I am using objects and traditional craft to explore this theory. After two years crocheting the lions I am most looking forward to surprising people with the finished piece on the road.”

Peter Knott, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: “Lionheart Project is both striking and engaging and it’s fair to say it has been an Olympic effort for Shauna Richardson to create such an enormous piece of craft work, whose sheer magnitude needs to be seen to be believed. 2012 promises to be an unprecedented year for the arts in England and one which artists like Shauna have been working towards for some time. The project will appeal to people of all ages but children and young people will be particularly enthralled. Lionheart will tour the region and beyond and may also be spotted now and again prowling near the torch relay. I hope as many people as possible get the chance to see this amazing work during 2012.”

Lionheart Project 2012 Tour:

  • Chatsworth (1 May – 10 June)
  • Nottingham, Old Market Square (19 June to 22 June)
  • Louth, Lincolnshire (23 - 26 June)
  • Skegness, Lincolnshire (27 June)
  • Leicester, Orton Square (28 June - 10 July)
  • Northampton, Market Square (11 July - 19 July)
  • Natural History Museum, London (20 July - 9 Sept)
  • Twycross Zoo (Tues 11 Sept - Fri 21 Dec)


Toolkit sparks clubs into Olympic action

Hundreds of Notts sports clubs and associations are taking part in two key events later this month being organised by Nottinghamshire County Council and Sport Nottinghamshire to prepare them for managing the expected rush of enthusiasm in sport after London 2012.

The county council has produced an Olympics toolkit with some key hints and guidance for clubs and associations to follow.

The toolkit will be unveiled at the meetings and includes key information about funding streams, maximising Olympics initiatives such as Sport Makers volunteering, the Torch Relay, the Gold Challenge and Sportivate, plus information on key contacts and support available.

Around 400 clubs and associations are being invited to two key events later this month. The events are:

North Notts-based clubs – 25 January, John Fretwell Sports Centre, in Mansfield, from 6.30pm to 9pm.

South Notts-based clubs – 30 January, Nottingham Racecourse, from 6.30pm to 9pm.

The toolkit will be launched in January and will be available from the Nottinghamshire County Council or the Sport Nottinghamshire partnership websites.

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