Mr Paul Deighton, the Chief Executive of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, visited Brooke Weston during a tour of the local area. He spoke about the complex preparations, answered questions and presented a plaque for the ‘Get Set’ scheme, an initiative that educates students about the Olympic Games and enables schools to access tickets to events.
Mr Deighton’s wide-ranging remit includes raising the £2 billion budget from the private sector, making sure the sporting venues are delivered on time and liaising with key stakeholders including the Government and the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations.
He toured Corby pool and the Cube before visiting Brooke Weston and highlighted the international links being forged: ‘It was brilliant because we met the Israeli swim team. Who would have thought the Israelis would have come to Corby? We have got Rwandans in Suffolk and Japanese in Loughborough. You get these incredible links developing, particularly as the athletes come to the pre-Game training camps next year; they might come over to acclimatise, to get used to the food, the weather, the timescale.’
‘There has been a massive interest in tickets. As we get closer and closer to the Games more tickets get freed up. It is not just the athletes arriving, but also the fans arriving from all over the world. Young people are being enthused in the most profound way, partly because the Olympic Games lends itself to the school curriculum. The values and approach of the Games goes particularly well with how schools like to teach their students. It just seems to work and when you put sport together with young people’s heroes, it makes for very inspiring projects. Young people are absolutely at the heart of it.
‘Seeing how people around the country are inspired by the Games is a source of energy for me during this seven-year project. At the Olympic Games you have about 650 sessions divided across the 26 Olympic sports, all the different matches, heats, semis and finals, spread across 16 days. When the opening ceremony is finished and the sports start, you have got that magic. The good news is that everybody wants it to be a brilliant success so everybody is helping. It will be a great party atmosphere.’