2012 Olympic Legacy
Weymouth and Portland hosted the sailing events for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Games 2012 Legacy for students
Weymouth College and its students geared up for two of the busiest weeks in the town’s history by providing camping, catering and conference facilities and being involved in cultural activities for the thousands of spectators who descended on Weymouth and Portland for the Olympic sailing events. The College worked in partnership with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council to organise a string of fabulous events.
There were many opportunities for students to embrace The Games and get involved in projects including; Weymouth & Portland Ambassadors, Weymouth Live radio station, Weymouth opening ceremony, sailing coaching at the Sports Arena on Weymouth Beach, The Compass Theatre Festival and Maritime Mix – London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the sea.
The Creative Industry staff and students worked with national creative companies Cirque Bijou and Desperate Men as well as renowned poet Alice Oswald for Battle for the Winds – part of the Maritime Mix. They also ran community workshops for the Olympic Deckchairs project. As a result of the College’s involvement in the Maritime Mix, working directly with London 2012 Creative Programmer Richard Crowe, a number of partnerships have been established that will continue to enhance the education of students enrolled in the Creative Industries.
The College’s work has already been recognised, receiving a gold medal at the Podium Awards in May for Innovative International Collaboration in Further Education for its project ‘Sailing Camps, Business and Education’ and a bronze award for its Young Ambassadors project and work.
The Young Ambassador programme was launched in 2006 as a response to London being awarded the Olympic & Paralympic Games and Lord Coe’s Singapore promise to ‘inspire a generation’. The Youth Sport Trust, in partnership with Adidas, has trained over 11,000 Young Ambassadors since 2006 and now Weymouth College sport student Jordan Tewkesbury has been selected to be part of the UK Young Ambassador Steering Group for 2012-2013. Jordan’s role will be to increase participation in P.E and school sport, acting as a role model and ambassador whilst promoting the positive personal values sport can develop. Jordan is currently studying BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science course with AS Psychology at Weymouth College.
Top business visit Weymouth during the 2012 Games
This August saw hundreds of local, national and international business representatives attend The British Business Pavilion in Dorset, Olympic legacy event at The Hive Media Centre, Weymouth College.
The British Business Pavilion focused on different market sectors including: Creative Industries, Marine and Tidal Renewable Energy, Urban Environment and Infrastructure, Retail, Food and Drink and Advanced Engineering.
The event welcomed business people including Nick Baird, Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment, to showcase the South West as a flourishing business community; encouraging businesses to explore other options such as overseas trade opportunities.
Commenting on the event, Mr. Baird said: “At a time when domestic demand is constrained, we have to further improve on the international platform to get growth back into the economy. With the Olympics there is real interest in business here at the moment and we must take advantage of that.”
Events from the British Business Embassy events at Lancaster House in London were streamed live to The Hive along with talks from keynote speakers such as New Look Retail PLC, Clipper Teas, Dorset Cereals, Bright Blue Day, AugustaWestland and RNLI. The delegates were then invited to Bincleaves Conference Centre for the afternoon, recently refurbished and transformed by local councils, to view the Olympic Sailing medal races live.
Vice Principal of Operations and Resources at Weymouth College, Kieren Hasler said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for Weymouth College to showcase its potential to the local, national and international business organisations, representatives and other dignitaries. The College considers itself as a key contributor to the local community and it was a unique experience for us to host the event. We also hope the event will ensure a lasting legacy of the 2012 Games in Dorset.”
The event was organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West, in partnership with Dorset Chamber of Commerce, Dorset LEP and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council; and hosted by Weymouth College.
Weymouth College Strikes Gold
Overlooking the Olympic Park; staff and young ambassadors from Weymouth College attended the prestigious Podium Awards ceremony on Thursday 3rd May and scooped a gold award for the ‘British Council Award for Innovative International Collaboration in Further Education for their project ‘Sailing Camps, Business & Education.
Weymouth College entered into a partnership with Castle Cove sailing club to host the French, German, Mexican, New Zealand, Italian, Israeli, Czech and Finnish sailing teams, pre-games training camps which enabled learning and educational opportunities across the college; as a result of the Sailing Camps, Business & Education project.
The College then used the experience gained from working with these teams and realised the potential the College had to host businesses and opportunities during the summer of 2012. They then proceeded to win contracts to supply daily catering for all the 600 local volunteers during the Olympic Games and provide camping facilities to host the UK Trade & Investment Business Club events.
The Weymouth College ‘Young Ambassador’ programme was also awarded a bronze award linked into the philosophy in promoting cultural and educational opportunities across the College; working with links established during visits to China with the Young Ambassadors. Weymouth College hosted a delegation from the Qingdao Volunteer Association, to share experience and understanding with them, having hosted the sailing regatta for the 2008 Beijing Games.
Jo Appleby, Director of Business Development at Weymouth College said: “It’s a huge achievement for Weymouth College to be awarded a gold award for the project. The College is living the Olympic and Paralympic Dream.”
The gold award was presented by Glasgow 2014’s Engagement Co-ordinator, Matthew Moir and the British Council’s UK Regional Manager for Skills for Employability, Gail Campbell.
Kieren Hasler, Director of Operations at Weymouth College who applied for the prestigious award, said: “It is a real honour for the College to be recognised by Podium as delivering real legacy for our students and celebrates all the hard work that our staff and student ambassadors have put in over the last 5 years to maximise the opportunities arising from London 2012.
The Young Ambassadors Scheme
Six students were successfully recruited for our Young Ambassadors scheme and spend the year visiting schools, talking to students and community groups to find out what they want to get out of the 2012 Games.
The Young Ambassadors took the trip of a lifetime to China to meet up with young people who had been involved in the 2008 Games, asking them questions they had gathered from young people in Weymouth & Portland.
Polo shirts designed by winner of the Partnership 2012 Logo Competition, Georgina Goring from Wey Valley School were worn during the visit by the ambassadors. They also took t-shirts as gifts for the students they met in Qingdao which were printed with a motif designed by Catherine Batten, winner of the Weymouth College 2012 Logo Competition.
The group of Young Ambassadors meet regularly at Weymouth College to organise projects. One project launched by Ambassador Maria Lochrie was the welcomed introduction of beach wheelchairs to Weymouth beach, which has now been implemented thanks to her hard work and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.
Launched on 31st October 2009 with 1,000 days to go until London 2012, the 1,000 Voices project is recording the views of people in Weymouth and Portland about the London 2012 Games and what it means to them and can be viewed at: www.1000voices.org.uk. This will be extended to capture the views of visitors during the Games and gather views one year after the event from original contributors.
Get Set Network
Weymouth College is proud to be part of London 2012’s Get Set network – demonstration of our commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic values. Membership means that we have access to exclusive competitions and 2012 Games-related opportunities.
The Personal Best course offers hope for people who have been out of work for a long period of time, with all successful candidates guaranteed an interview for a position of GamesMaker Volunteer at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nationally, up to 10% of GamesMaker volunteers are expected to be drawn from people who have successfully completed the Personal Best programme. The programme carries the ‘2012 Inspired By’ brand recently awarded by the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Weymouth College is the only provider in Dorset.
Personal Best students have been getting volunteering experience wherever they can and joined Sportworks for the World Shotgun Championships 2010.
Personal Best Group: with Yngling double Olympic gold medallist, Sarah Ayton and Weymouth College staff.
Olympic Gold Medalist & World Recorder Holder Visits Redlands!
Olympic Gold Medalist & Triple Jump World Record Holder, Jonathan Edwards, visited Redlands Community Sports Hub in June 2010 to talk to local students about the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Jonathan David Edwards, CBE, is a former British triple jumper. He is a former Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World champion, and has held the world record in the event since 1995. Following his retirement as an athlete, he has worked as an athletics commentator and presenter for BBC television. He is now a member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
Making waves at 500 days to go
Students at Weymouth College wanted to celebrate the milestone of 500 days to go until the Olympics. With Weymouth & Portland due to host the sailing events, the College’s art department created an installation based around sails and waves.