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Trafford projects get Olympics golden seal of approval with permanent plaque in Copper Box

By Cara Quinn

Nine Trafford-based projects are set to make their mark on history by having plaques erected in their honour at the Olympic Park.

The projects, which were set up as a result of London 2012, each have a special plaque dedicated to them on the ‘Wall of Inspiration’, which will be permanently housed in the Copper Box, one of the Olympic Park venues.

The wall features 650 mini plaques of participating Inspire projects from across the country and is inscribed with a message from each project telling readers what they are most proud of.

Jonathan Coupe, Trafford’s Executive Councillor for Safe and Strong Communities, said: “Congratulations to all of the projects involved and such a well-deserved and fitting accolade. I’m proud that so many people engaged in the community side of the Olympics and were able to be part of it in such a unique way.”

The Inspire Programme celebrates projects that have been directly inspired by the Olympic Games and selected projects received the prestigious Inspire mark for exceptional work in their community.

Business, education, sport, sustainability, volunteering and culture were key themes that the Inspire programme focussed on and nine projects in the Trafford community fulfilled the criteria and were given the Inspire seal of approval.

Karen Shannon, from Let’s Go Global which has two projects represented on the wall, said: “The Inspire Programme provided us with a real opportunity to be part of the Olympics giving us a new platform in which to engage the community in the work we do.”

Projects that were honoured in Trafford included Let’s Get Global’s ‘All About Us’ media project and ‘Looping the Loop’, the opening ceremony for the North West.

‘The Reporter’s Academy’, which was based at Lancashire County Cricket Club, was set up by a group of young people who reported on Pre-Games Training Camps.

Flixton Girl’s High School brought five secondary schools in Trafford together to compete in their ‘LGBT History Month Football Cup’ which aimed to show how sport can become an inclusive, non-homophobic environment.

Trafford Council and Community Leisure Trust also provided spaces for a variety of community projects to place at, such as ‘International Women’s Day’ which encouraged women into sport; ‘Trafford Community Games’ where six communities in Trafford came together for a multi-sport event; and ‘Visible Dance’ which enabled adults with learning disabilities to participate in weekly dance sessions.

The Manchester United Foundation were also heavily involved with the projects and were awarded two plaques for their ‘Something to Chew on’ project, where coaches taught classroom sessions on healthy eating and exercise, and their ‘Girls Football Programme’ which incorporated life skills into the training development programme.

Justin Davies, Project Coordinator for the MU Foundation, said: “The projects have been so successful; it is an honour to be part one of the greatest events to ever take place in the UK.”

The ‘Wall of Inspiration’ will be open to the public from July 2013 and aims to educate visitors about what the programme has achieved in connecting communities, creating a lasting legacy for the Games and the Inspire projects.

Mr Davies added: ““We are thrilled that we’ve been chosen to feature on the Wall of Inspiration at the Olympic Park, it is something that will be there for generations to come as a reminder of what the Olympics were all about.”

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