With the two year countdown to the London 2012 Olympics beginning today (27 July), Bolton is getting ready to play its part and get behind the games.
On Tuesday the Amateur Boxing Association, who oversaw Amir Khan’s journey to Olympic glory in 2004, will be in town to launch the council’s new mobile boxing ring.
The ring, which is an adaptation of the council’s highly successful multi-use games mobile box, will be in Victoria Square, with demonstrations from 11am.
From 11.30am the public will be able to step into the ring to have a taster session, learning some basic pad work.
Alongside football, boxing is one of the most popular sports in Bolton among its young people, and the council is keen to use the mobile boxing ring to deliver the sport in the borough’s more deprived areas.
This will both increase participation levels and encourage young people to access sports at clubs across the borough.
While the boxing is taking place, Victoria Square will also see the launch of the Personal Best scheme. The scheme culminates in participants receiving a Level 1 Award in Preparation for Event Volunteering.
Everyone that completes the course will be given a guaranteed interview to be a volunteer at the 2012 London Olympics.
A stall will be on the square promoting the scheme, and offering further information on how local people can get involved.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “With the Olympic Games just two years away, it is definitely time for the people of Bolton to start getting excited.
“The borough has had some great success in the Olympics in recent games, and hopefully the new boxing ring will reveal some Amir Khans of the future. And, with the launch of the Personal Best scheme, Bolton’s adults and young people will have a great chance to make their mark on the games as a volunteer.”
The official Olympic and Paralympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville were born in Bolton. An animated film about the mascots shows how inspiration for the official came from Bolton steel firm Watson Steel Structures, which has supplied thousands of tons of steel for the Olympic stadium.