Games boost

PUBLISHED: 10:05 23 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:14 06 May 2010

Lord Coe with Nick Brooking, director of sport at the University of Hertfordshire

Lord Coe with Nick Brooking, director of sport at the University of Hertfordshire

HERTFORDSHIRE will be put on the map by the London Olympics in 2012. This was the message from chairman of the London Olympic Games, Lord Coe, during a visit to the county on Tuesday. Lord Coe ran workshops at the University of Hertfordshire with children

HERTFORDSHIRE will be put on the map by the London Olympics in 2012.

This was the message from chairman of the London Olympic Games, Lord Coe, during a visit to the county on Tuesday.

Lord Coe ran workshops at the University of Hertfordshire with children from across the region to discuss how they can benefit from the event.

Leaders and ambassadors from specialist sports colleges and schools in the East of England also met the gold medal runner at the Hatfield campus.

Lord Coe told The Comet: "This is a unique opportunity for parents and children. Let's use it to get more young people involved in sport.

"This is a massive opportunity across the region and we will be looking for volunteers to get involved in the Games across Hertfordshire.

"We're seeing the effects of the Games across Hertfordshire which has given momentum to what's happening in six years' time.

"But it's not just about six years' time, it's also about getting youngsters involved in sport who have never even thought about it in an environment that is exciting and creative."

Classes were also run for nine to 10-year-olds on Tuesday to help them enjoy sport and physical exercise.

Lord Coe's visit was part of a summit at Knebworth House where a draft business plan for the 2012 event was launched.

The university is leading a county wide consortium which is making a bid to become a training camp for Olympic athletes in the years running up to the London Games.

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