Leading Olympics Celebrations

2012 organisers are looking for local leaders to get us excited about this year's games

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) are looking for the nation's organisers, planners and doers  to get ready for the Games.

Local people are urged to sign up as 'Local Leaders' to create their own events or get involved with some of the ideas floated by other communities.

This could be anything from Gardening for the Games to planning a Sports Quiz or an opening night in.

Carol Jackson-Doerge, West Berkshire's Lead Councillor for 2012 said: "Local Leaders are the people that make things happen. If this is you, then being a Local Leader would be perfect."

Some ideas for getting started:

Garden for the Games - Spring 2012: Get planting! Use window boxes, garden or community allotments to celebrate with all things floral.

Sports Quiz - May - Know your Fencing from your Phelps? Hold a Big Sports Quiz at home or in the pub to find a local 'Brains of the Games'.

School’s Out - Summer 2012 -  Mums, dads, teachers...every week over the school holidays  LOCOG will be providing Local Leaders with stuff to do to get the kids ready for the Games

Opening Night In - 27 July - Opening Ceremony - It's showtime. Cook up a storm with themed recipes, or create a VIP gala night as the Games get under way.

Super Saturday - 4 August - A medal-winning weekend. Invite neighbours round for a BBQ to watch record breaking athletes

Light a Lantern - 24-29 August- Glow with the glory the Paralympic Games - Make a lantern and join a Flame Festival... or make a lantern procession of your own.

Last Day of the Games - 9 September -  Whether you invite  friends or your whole community, make sure the summer finishes in style.

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