“HLST Olympics Special Interest Group” Gareth Smith – Podium
The Historical role of Universities • Pierre DeCoubertin inspired by his visits to British Colleges and Universities. “University Populaire.” • 1894 IOC formed at University of Sorbonne. • 1908 London’s First Games • 1948 London’s Second Games • 1996 Atlanta – Georgia Tech • 2000 Sydney – TAFE NSW • 2008 Beijing – Venues and Volunteers • 2012 London. What is the role?
Podium – Our Role 88% think that it is important for FE and HE to have a central communications and coordination unit. 83% want their institution to be involved with the 2012 Games.
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The Challenge We Face • “A victory podium is only 22 inches high but the view from the top stretches forever.” (VANOC) • “We have some sporting facilities, are well placed and have a number of enthusiastic staff/students who wish to get involved. We wish to get actively involved but at this moment are unsure of the roles we can play.” (Podium Survey Respondent) How can we use the power of the world’s largest sporting event to act “as a catalyst for lasting change in our country.” (Gordon Brown)
Involving and Inspiring Students 81% of 15 – 24 year olds back the Games. “Choose London today and more than ever you send a message to the youth of the world that the Games is for them.” Lord Coe
Welcoming the World 64% increase in International Students in Australia post the 2000 Games 83 FECs and HEIs are included in the 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide
Business Opportunities Accommodation Up to 75,000 contracts through CompeteFor of £6 billion in value.
Broader opportunities for HE • Workforce • Volunteering • Ceremonies and Cultural Olympiad • The Inspire Mark • Research • Engagement with Sponsors • £6 billion of business opportunities • Are we ready to talk to the world? • A driver for Widening Participation. • Educational Legacy on the Olympic Park?
A Victory Podium? • “A Victory Podium is only 22 inches high but the view from the top stretches forever.” (Courtesy of VANOC) • How can we place the FE and HE Sectors and our HLST industries on top of that podium in 2012 and beyond? • When you climb to the top of the Podium what do you want to see?
Contact Podium Gareth Smith - Head E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0207 664 4838 Charlotte Foster - Communications Manager E: email@example.com T: 0207 664 4873 Kate Filochowski – Culture, Sport and Volunteering Coordinator E: firstname.lastname@example.org 0207 664 4837 Visit the new website at www.podium.ac.uk