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Waltham Forest signs agreement with Australian Olympic Commit

Published: 8th December 2011 14:38
Waltham Forest signs agreement with Australian Olympic Committee

signing contracts

L-R AOC Secretary General Craig Phillips and Waltham Forest
Council leader, Cllr Chris Robbins

Proving that there are benefits to be found in every corner as we head
towards 2012, Waltham Forest Council has inked a deal that will see the
Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) using local facilities for their
Uniform Distribution Centre during the Games.

The AOC will use the borough's Construction Skills Centre in
Leytonstone from 2 July to 12 August to store, allocate and distribute
uniforms and equipment to the 2012 Australian Olympic Team.

As well as hiring the facility, the AOC will also fund 10 ‘Boxing
Kangaroo' sporting bursaries for local athletes and have committed to
working with local schools, volunteers and young people as part of the
Council's pledge to help Waltham Forest residents make the most of the
Olympic year.

Leader of Waltham Forest Council, Cllr Chris Robbins, said: "It's a
real testament to the unifying power of Games that something as simple
as handing sports kits can bring Londoners together with top athletes
from the other side of the world.

"I'm delighted to welcome the Australian Olympic Committee to
Waltham Forest, and I know our residents will be sure to give them a
warm welcome and be as happy as I am to work and learn alongside them as
we sprint towards the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

AOC Secretary General Craig Phillips said: "We are very pleased to
join with Waltham Forest to use the Construction Skills Centre to
distribute our Team's uniforms in 2012.

"Over 400 of Australia's best athletes will go through the Centre
in London where they will be kitted out in green and gold, a memorable
and exciting step in their Olympic campaign. The AOC is also excited
that they can support the local community, make a positive difference
through the ‘Boxing Kangaroo' bursaries and provide an ongoing
legacy to Waltham Forest. "

Fact file:

· Waltham Forest is an Olympic Host Borough comprising Walthamstow,
Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford. It is served by the Central and
Victoria lines.

· The £7.6m Waltham Forest National Skills Academy for Construction
opened its doors to budding tradespeople-in-the-making in Winter 2010,
offering local people the chance to learn valuable construction skills
and acquire practical training.

· The site will be occupied by the AOC from 2 July - 12 August and,
while no construction skills training will take place during this time,
those studying will be able to carry on their classes at other

· The AOC have agreed to hire the facility and will also be funding ten
sporting bursaries for local athletes. The AOC have also pledged to work
with the Council to provide educational, training and fund-raising
opportunities during their time in Waltham Forest.

· Waltham Forest has big plans to celebrate the Olympic Year and will
be offering residents six amazing free events to help residents make the
most of 2012. Find out more here: www.walthamforestbig6.co.uk


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