Olympics come early to Bury as youngsters encouraged to take up sport

By Andrew Little

Bury got an early taste of the Olympics at the weekend, with two legecy events aimed at encouraging youngsters to get involved in sport.

Featuring activities such as parkour and mixed martial arts, the FAB Olympic Dream project was organised between Bury Council and volunteers from Bury Active Communities Group.

These pilot events were held on Friday and Saturday evening in Close Park and Manchester Road Park respectively and there are plans to run more events across the region over the next six months.

Andrea Pilling, Active Community Development Officer for Bury Sport and Physical Activity Service, said: “We are using the Olympics as a real driver to get more people participating in sports.”

As well as getting people involved in physical activities, Ms Pilling also hopes that holding such events in public parks will help address behavioural issues in the area.

“We are aware that anti-social behaviour goes on in these parks so we are bringing the events to them.

“We hope the atmosphere – which is more like a festival – will engage these people and show them there are things to do,” she said.

The FAB project is part of Bury Council’s ‘Bury be part of it’ scheme, which is focused on using the London Olympics to create a sporting, social and economic legacy for the area.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, believes it is vital that Manchester creates its own Olympic legacy.

Councillor Amesbury, who opened the new £24 million National BMX Centre at Sportcity in east Manchester on Friday, said: “It’s all about participation and enjoyment.

“The Olympics is inspirational, but it can’t be all about London. It has got to be nationally owned.”

For more information on the ‘Bury be part of it’ scheme, including listings of future events, visit the website


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