Monthly Archives: November 2011

LIBRARY EVENT WORKS-OUT MIND AND MUSCLES

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Cardiff Central Library is to launch the All Wales Library Festival with a unique and exciting event inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

The two-week campaign will commence on Thursday 2, November with Get Active, an event which aims to encourage new and existing customers to get involved in libraries, sport, work and play.

Ex-British sprint athlete Jamie Baulch, Paralympic field athlete Nathan Stephens and members from the Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey team will attend the event which is supported by Sport.Cardiff.

The All Wales Library Festival has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark which aims to help bring the benefits of the London 2012 Olympic Games to every part of theUK. It recognises non-commercial organisations that are delivering projects genuinely inspired by theLondonOlympic and Paralympic Games.

It is only awarded to schemes of the highest standard that demonstrate they are accessible, participative, inspiring and stimulating and will become part of the London 2012’s brand family.

Get Active aims to challenge people’s perception of libraries and encourage new members to join whilst providing customers with an opportunity to learn about sport, exercise and health.

A programme of various activities and information will be on offer throughout the day for visitors.

Sports tasters from Cardiff Blues, Cardiff Devils, Wales Table Tennis and Welsh Netball as well as St Pats karate and 2 step street dance, are amongst the activities people can participate in.

There will also be demonstrations including football free styling from Guinness World Record Holder Ash Randell, fitness testing from the Active Fit Squad, information from the GP Referrel Scheme, a swim clinic and the ‘Smoothie Bike’ where people can make a fresh fruit smoothie using pedal power!

For children there will be circus skills, storytelling and the Council’s Play Services will deliver organised play opportunities.

There will also be a CV clinic and interview workshop for those searching for jobs.

The All Wales Library Festival is a programme of events which runs all overCardiffand the rest ofWalesand aims to promote libraries inWales. Activities take place in libraries to encourage local communities to join and utilise their local library.

Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Nigel Howells said: “Get Active is an exciting event and with the support of the London 2012 Inspire Mark it challenges the library stereotype.

“It not only promotes the many benefits of being a library member, it also gives people the opportunity to engage in new sports and learn about maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.”

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SPORT CARDIFF VOLUNTEER SPORTS BUREAU IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

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Sport.Cardiff has launched an exciting new resource to enable people to access and sign up to volunteering opportunities across the city.

The Volunteer Sports Bureau VSB is a state-of-the-art online tool that will improve the efficiency and management of volunteers.

It enables volunteers to register and access a variety of opportunities at the click of a button whilst also providing a service for ‘providers’ of volunteer opportunities to post their placements on the site making them more accessible to a wider audience.

By registering on the site people can keep up-to-date with all the latest events and ways to participate whether a seasoned volunteer or someone interested in getting involved for the first time.

There is also a personal coaching profile for members to log the hours they complete.

The site is accessible to people of all ages and abilities and volunteer opportunities are varied.

With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games fast approaching there will also be information on how to become an ‘Ambassador’, the title given the official 2012 volunteers.
Cardiff is set to play an important role in the Games as the city is hosting Olympic football matches at the Millennium Stadium and providing pre-game training camps for a number of Olympic and Paralympic teams.
Selected Ambassadors will represent Cardiff by welcoming visiting spectators and teams to the city.

Volunteer roles will be diverse and could range from assisting Oscar Pistorius with training at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium to directing spectators to the Millennium Stadium for Olympic football matches.
Sport.Cardiff assist in the city’s vision to be a World Class Capital for Sport and their mission is to enrich the lives of the people of Cardiff through clubs, coaching and competition with a focus on children and young people.
The team of dedicated officers work across the city focussing on the improvement of grassroots sports development in schools, clubs and communities.
Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Nigel Howells said: “Coaches and volunteers play a vital role in supporting sport in Cardiff and clubs, events, and activities across the city would not be able to happen without their invaluable contribution.
“We welcome anyone to register providing they have plenty of enthusiasm and a drive to support others in sport.
“Volunteers gain valuable experience, learn new skills, meet people and enjoy themselves whilst giving something back to their community.
“This new service will improve the way we manage our sports schemes, keeping volunteers informed of all the latest opportunities.”
Sport Cardiff operates Coaching and Volunteer Accreditation schemes to ensure the highest standard of sport is delivered to the people of Cardiff.
To learn more about being a volunteer please visit http://www.sport-cardiff-vsb.com

SPORTING CARDIFF IS “INSPIRED” BY LONDON OLYMPICS 2012

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Sport.Cardiff has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark for seven of its sporting projects!

The Inspire programme aims to help bring the benefits of the 2012 Olympic Games to every part of theUKand recognises non-commercial organisations that are delivering projects genuinely inspired by the LondonOlympic and Paralympic Games.

It is only awarded to schemes of the highest standard that demonstrate they are accessible, participative, inspiring and stimulating and will become part of the London 2012’s brand family.

The first project to be awarded the title was the Sport.Cardiff Volunteer Scheme which recruits volunteers to support the delivery of Cardiff’s involvement in the 2012 Olympic Games, sporting infrastructure and coaching. This includes the football matches to be hosted at the Millennium Stadium, and the Pre-Games Training Camps selected by the Australian and South African Paralympic squads and the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team.

The other Sport.Cardiff projects to be awarded the title include Legacy 500, an event which marked the official 500 day countdown to the Paralympic Games, Disability Hockey in the Community, the Every Player Counts disability football project, the Building Paralympic Capacity Programme, the Coaching Legacy Programme, the Cardiff Host Council Ambassador Programme.

Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Nigel Howells said: “Sport.Cardiff has successfully provided a wealth of opportunity through innovative and accessible projects.

“It is fantastic that this has been recognised by the Olympic and Paralympic Games and further encourages Cardiff to maintain its legacy following London 2012, including improving club, competition and coaching infrastructure and the development of grassroots sport provision for young people.”

CARDIFF TO HOST LONDON 2012 PARALYMPIC TORCH RELAY

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Cardiff has been confirmed as one of the cities to host the Paralympic Torch Relay which will lead the UK into the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

 

The relay will begin on Friday 24 August, 2012 with the first flame lighting event to be held in London. A flame will also be lit in Greater Belfast on 25 August and Edinburgh 26 August as well as in Cardiff on 27 August 2012. Our city is the final host city before a special ceremony is held at at Stoke Mandeville, home of the Paralympic Movement, on 28 August to create the Paralympic Flame before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium in time for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games on Wednesday 29 August, 2012.

 

The event will take place in Cardiff on Monday 27 August, 2012 and will involve a flame lighting moment in the morning followed by a Paralymic Flame Festival later in the day. Cardiff is honoured to be a pre-games training camp for several Paralympic teams from South Africa, Australia and the Oceanic Islands as they make their preparations in the lead up to London 2012.  The city has been selected due to its excellent sporting facilities and infrastructure, professional approach of staff and the general friendliness of the people of Cardiff and Wales.