Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Leeds charity granted prestigious Olympic Inspire status

Leeds based charity Inter-Active has been granted the prestigious Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

On 29 March, Inter-Active will be hosting their own version of the Olympics in Leeds where children from different schools will compete together in teams, and be coached in a variety of different sports and athletics activities. The day will bring young people together to look not just at sport – but at the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship.

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10am – Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for leisure, Leeds City Council will open the Inter-Active Olympics.

2.30pm – Medal presentation.

At Leeds Metropolitan University, Headingley Campus, Churchwood Avenue, Leeds, LS6 3QS

Please contact or 07891 276 098 to confirm attendance.
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Inter-Active works across Leeds to bring young people from different backgrounds together using sport. The project aims to break down barriers, dispel myths and stereotypes and to build positive relationships between people from different parts of Leeds. The focus is on young people but the project is open to volunteers of all ages.

Lord Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said:

“The Inspire programme is ensuring the legacy of the 2012 Games starts now as projects like Inter-Active are enabling people in Leeds to make positive life changes.”

Project founders Haji Mahboob Nazir and Keith Ackerman said:

“We really wanted to bring some of that Olympic spirit to the work we do with young people in Leeds.”

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Reverend Alan Taylor, who will present the Olympic medals to the successful young people said:

“It is so encouraging to know that young people from all backgrounds in Leeds will be coming together to celebrate the Olympic spirit. It is wonderful to see how the Olympics are being brought to life in our city”.

Press/On the day contacts:
Haji Mahboob Nazir – 07833 995 518

Leeds City Council
Rachael Loftus – 07891 276 098


Search begins for sporting golden oldies in Leeds

The search is on to find veteran athletes in Leeds as part of a special project inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games.

As part of Leeds City Council’s ‘Olympics: Then and now’ project, organisers are calling on nominations to find the oldest active people in Leeds. The project uses the forthcoming Games and the last time London held the Olympics in 1948 as a way of recognising, celebrating and promoting the participation in sport and physical activity by older people in the city

Anyone over the age of 60 who participates in at least 30 minutes of any sport or physical activity at least once a week can be nominated, with those selected being invited as guests to a special celebration event at John Charles Centre for Sport on Saturday 19 May 2012. The event will be attended by competitors from the 1948 Olympic Games and the 1948 Olympic Torch will be on display.

The nomination process is now open and runs until Monday 16 April. Forms are available from any Leeds City Council leisure centre or library, and can also be downloaded at

The ‘Olympics: Then and now’ project, supported by £39,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is also gathering memories from the last time the world’s greatest sporting event came to Britain for the 1948 Games.

Working with the West Yorkshire Archive Service, one aim of the project is to record these recollections to form part of an oral history of life in Britain at the time. These recordings along with memorabilia from the 1948 Olympics will be used to form part of a special exhibition which will be on display in Leeds City Museum this summer.

Another element of the project will see young people in Leeds meeting more elderly residents to discuss the similarities and differences between life in Britain in 1948 and 2012.

Leeds City Council’s older peoples’ sport development officer Allyson Bertram said:
“By recognising and promoting the oldest people in Leeds who are regularly active, we hope to inspire other older people to take up an ‘active ageing’ lifestyle for physical, mental and social health benefits.”

‘Olympics: Then and Now’ is organised by Leeds City Council and supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Notes to editors:

Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, since 1994 the Heritage Lottery Fund has not only revitalised hundreds of museums, parks, historic buildings, landscapes and wildlife sites, but has also given new meaning to heritage itself. People from every walk of life are now involved with the heritage that inspires them, making choices about what they want to keep and share from the past, for future generations. HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects, allocating over £4.7billion across the UK, including £364m to 2,729 projects across the Yorkshire and the Humber region alone. Website:


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472

Motorcycle fatalities fall in West Yorkshire

The number of deaths and injuries involving motorcyclists and scooter riders in West Yorkshire has fallen to its lowest level in recent years.

Rider and passenger deaths fell from 16 in 2007 to 8 in 2011 – the lowest number since 1997.

Serious injuries fell from 217 in 2007 to 170 in 2011, a reduction of 22%. Injuries of all severities dropped by nearly a third, from 253 in 2007 to 175 in 2011.

The reductions follow public campaigns aimed at all road users to increase awareness of motorbikes and scooter riders and advise riders themselves about riding in towns and cities.

Dave Glanville, West Yorkshire’s motorcycle casualty reduction officer said yesterday:

“While eight deaths are still eight too many, it’s good news that we’ve managed to reduce the numbers of riders being killed on our roads.

I think it’s something that motorcyclists, scooter riders and other road users can take credit for. It shows that by using our roads in a safer and more responsible fashion and taking that extra second to see and be seen everyone can contribute to making our roads safer, better places.”

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for development and economy said:

“Motorcycles and scooters are an important part of our transport mix, offering cheap efficient transport, so to hear the safety of the users is improving locally is good news.

“It shows that all the effort put in by West Yorkshire Safer Roads group to promote rider training and awareness of bikes by other road users is beginning to pay off.

“Leeds City Council’s highways team has also been carrying out work to improve safety at places where we know there is a high risk of accidents, which has reduced road casualties overall.

“But every injury is one too many and we will continue to work with our partners and the wider public to ensure this downward trend continues in the future ”

Notes to editors:
In March 2000, the government published its road safety strategy and casualty reduction targets for 2010 in the report Tomorrow’s roads: safer for everyone.
The targets, to be achieved by the end of 2010, compared with the average for 1994 to 1998, were:
• A 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI).
• A 10% reduction in the slight casualty rate expressed as the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres (100mvk).

Accident data for Leeds is collated by the accident studies team from information collected by police attending collisions where injuries are sustained.

** Casualty figures provided by the Accident Studies team. For more information on 2010 road casualty figures please visit
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