Lord Sebastian Coe has backed plans from Nottinghamshire County Council's investment plans to try and produce future sports stars and secure Ashes Tests in the county.
The council claims they are the first authority in the UK to respond to his London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy plea. Plans are to be announced at a Sporting Legacy reception which tonight at Trent Bridge will honour the county's London 2012 stars.
Nottinghamshire captain, Chris Read and local stars of Team GB and ParalympicsGB including Sam Oldham and Ollie Hynd are to attend.
– Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
After an amazing summer of sport that inspired people across the UK we must now harness that interest and enthusiasm. This work, commitment and investment by Nottinghamshire County Council is a fantastic example of how a legacy for London 2012 can be created at a local level.
Councillors say the launch will include:
- A £1m Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Fund to support sports development across the county at the reception.
- Separate funding of £900,000 to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club to part fund a new scoreboard and replay screen.
- A youth work scheme for young people in the county in partnership with Nottinghamshire C.C.C., which will tackle social exclusion and youth crime.
– Coun John Cottee, Culture Committee Chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council
It is estimated this package of international cricket matches will deliver over £30m of economic benefit to Nottinghamshire between 2013-2016.
Securing the status of Trent Bridge as a premier international and world famous cricket ground will help to maintain and enhance the national and international reputation of Nottinghamshire, and enable Nottinghamshire to build upon its considerable sporting legacy in the light of London 2012.