Route details for Our Greatest Team Parade, the procession of Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes, were confirmed today. The public celebration of the achievements of British Olympians and Paralympians at the London 2012 Games will take place on Monday 10 September, organised by the Mayor of London in conjunction with the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association.
Our Greatest Team are due to set out from Mansion House in the City at 1:30pm, with around 800 athletes travelling on 21 floats, organised by sport and with medal winners across the length of the parade. They will travel along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street, passing by St Paul's Cathedral, continuing along Fleet Street, past Aldwych and into The Strand, before reaching Trafalgar Square.
A big screen at the base of Nelson's Column along with live commentary will allow spectators to cheer on the athletes as the parade makes its way past Trafalgar Square.
After passing Trafalgar Square the athletes will go through Admiralty Arch into The Mall, travelling down to the Queen Victoria Memorial. For capacity reasons, partly due to the infrastructure still in place from the previous day's Paralympic Marathon, the area from Admiralty Arch to the Queen Victoria Memorial will be ticketed and reserved for groups who have made an invaluable contribution to the Games and the success of our athletes. These will include 14,000 volunteers, members of the blue light services, military personnel, Team GB and ParalympicsGB coaches and support staff, friends and family of the athletes involved as well as schoolchildren from every London borough.
The Prime Minister will host an event to recognise the achievements of the athletes. Further details will be available nearer the time of the event.
To get the best views of all of the floats and interviews with the athletes, continuous coverage of the parade will be broadcast throughout the day on BBC One, BBC News Channel, Channel 4 and Sky.
Between Mansion House and Trafalgar Square members of the public wishing to cheer on their heroes should expect very large crowds along the whole route. Anyone planning to come along should ensure they plan their journey in advance and take public transport wherever possible. Extensive road closures around the route will be in place throughout the morning and until after the parade passes through Trafalgar Square. These will have an impact on a large area in and around central London so it is essential to plan ahead.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'In the ancient world crowds would line the streets to welcome their triumphant Olympians home, where they would be ecstatically venerated and their victories chronicled for the ages, with names like Leonidas of Rhodes and Milo of Kroton reverberating through history. But no sporting heroes will have been more lauded, no achievements more celebrated, and no nation more passionately proud than at the Our Greatest Team Parade, which will sweep through central London in a glorious miasma of colour, noise and excitement. This is a chance to celebrate the heroes and heroines who have thrilled us with their skills, sportsmanship, and grace during London’s spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games, and whose names and triumphs will live on for centuries to come.'
Andy Hunt, Team GB Chef de Mission and Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association, said: 'The Our Greatest Team Parade provides a fantastic opportunity for the nation to recognise and celebrate the special achievements of the outstanding group of athletes who represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 2012 Games. Importantly, it also gives the members of Team GB a chance to show their appreciation and gratitude for the truly inspirational support they received from the Great British public throughout the London 2012 Games. The Parade route will pass by some of London’s most iconic locations and will be a fitting and exciting final journey for Our Greatest Team.'
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “With ParalympicsGB athletes about to embark on the most important sporting event of their lives, and ten days of intense competition about to start, we know we have to focus on what is still to come at the 2012 Paralympic Games. But it’s also right we look ahead to what we hope will be a fantastic outcome for our team and in particular the performances and medals won that will excite and inspire the nation once again. So I am delighted that we can be part of the Parade and make sure the achievements of our athletes are both celebrated and recognised in this way.”
The Our Greatest Team parade is being organised by the Mayor of London, BOA and BPA, with the support of BA, BP, BT, National Lottery and Visa. It is being delivered with a range of partners, including the City of London Corporation, Westminster City Council, Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, LOCOG and The Royal Parks.
All timings are approximate and details subject to change. A parade route map, along with further information and updates, will be available on www.molpresents.com/parade. For general advice about travelling and transport within London go to www.tfl.gov.uk. For information on the Paralympic Route Network: www.getaheadofthegames.com.
Media will need to be accredited in advance to cover the parade. Please email email@example.com as soon as possible, or by midday, Friday 31 August at the latest. We will confirm whether your application has been successful as quickly as possible.
Media pens will be positioned at Mansion House, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and Queen Victoria Memorial. Access to pens will be for accredited media only and on the day will be on a first come first served basis. However, please indicate which pen(s) you are likely to want to access. Step ladders will be permitted for photographers
Please note that athletes will not be leaving the convoy to approach media pens. Interviews with athletes are being coordinated by the BOA and BPA and more detail about arrangements will be available in due course.
For additional information, please call 020 7983 4070 (not for publication).
The public will be able to watch the parade from Mansion House to Trafalgar Square. A route map with further information and updates will be available at www.molpresents.com/parade on Tuesday 28 August from 08.00hrs
Members of the public planning to attend the parade are advised that very large numbers are expected and viewing capacity will be limited. Viewing areas along the route will be closed once they are full.
You are advised to take up a static position along the route where you will be able to watch all of the floats as the pass by, please do not plan to follow the parade as it moves along.
If you are planning to watch the parade, please arrive early, be prepared to wait for several hours and think carefully about bringing small children. Pack water and sun cream or waterproof clothing, depending on the weather.
Stewarded disabled viewing areas will be in place along the route, at Mansion House, St Paul's Cathedral and Trafalgar Square.
For anyone wanting to avoid the anticipated crowds, the parade will be broadcast live on television and it will be possible to watch at home, with friends, at a pub or club or other location.
Road closures will be in place, with restricted access in areas along the route, which will affect traffic and public transport routes. Please do not attempt to drive in or around the area, instead use public transport, cycle or walk.
When using public transport plan your journey in advance, checking for changes to bus routes and tube station or entrance closures. For travel information, visit www.tfl.gov.uk. For information on the Paralympic Route Network: www.getaheadofthegames.com
Notes to editors
The London schoolchildren invited to the ticketed area of the parade are all from schools signed up to the Mayor of London's and Locog's Get Set Programme, which saw one in eight London schoolchildren receive a free ticket to the London 2012 Games. 2,419 schools, attended by over 90 per cent of the capital's 10-18 year olds, joined the London 2012 ‘Get Set’ Education Network, making them eligible for tickets to the Games including over 18,000 tickets for sports at the Olympic Park and 60,000 Paralympic athletics tickets. A Get Set school from every borough was chosen, at random, to bring their pupils to the athletes' parade.
BP TargetNeutral is offsetting the total CO2 emissions associated with the journeys taken by the road vehicles used in the Parade, as well as the journeys both to and from the Parade of those athletes taking part.
Mayor of London
The Mayor of London is supporting a huge programme of free events and cultural activities to add to the excitement of 2012. Working with outstanding international artists and world-class cultural organisations this unprecedented Mayor of London Presents programme is taking place in every corner of the capital to add to and complement the London 2012 Festival. As well as Parade: Our Greatest Team, it includes Secrets: Hidden London, with artists and performers transforming hidden and lesser known locations; Showtime, the largest outdoor arts festival ever seen in the capital, with dozens of electrifying artists from the UK and abroad coming to every borough, in high streets, parks and town centres; BT London Live, bringing live action from the Games, as well as sporting activities and entertainment to Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square; and Surprises bringing pop-up performances and once in a lifetime experiences to locations familiar and unusual, above your heads and atop landmark buildings. For more information about this Summer Like No Other, go to www.molpresents.com / www.facebook.com/mayoroflondonpresents / www.twitter.com/molpresents
The Mayor is also calling on Londoners to try their hand at a sport they may not have tried before for free as part of his Freesport programme, which is aimed at boosting interest and participation in sport before, during and after the Games. Around 130 locations across the capital will be open to the public for the initiative.
Each year Freesport gives around 250 of the capital's sports clubs grants of up to £1500 to allow them to open their doors and offer six hours of free coaching 'taster' sessions to Londoners of all ages. Over 15,000 Londoners receive free sustained coaching in a range of sports - more details can be found at www.molpresents.com/freesport
British Olympic Association
The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to transform British lives through the power of the Olympic values and the success of Team GB. The BOA's role is to prepare the 'Best of British' athletes for, and lead them at, the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games. The BOA delivers extensive support services to Britain’s Olympic athletes and their National Governing Bodies to enhance Olympic success and is responsible for championing the Olympic values and brand in the UK. The BOA receives no funding from the lottery or government, has no political interests and is completely dependent upon fundraising income to achieve its mission. The BOA is the strong, independent voice for British Olympic Sport.
National Lottery and Exchequer funding is invested by UK Sport through its 'no compromise' approach to targeting medal success in successive Olympic Games. For the London cycle, The National Lottery has contributed the majority of the investment in Olympic Sports - £152.1million out of the total of just under £265million. In fact, almost nine out of ten (88 per cent) Team GB athletes selected for London 2012 Olympic Games have benefitted from National Lottery funding at some point in their career.
· About Team 2012:
Team 2012, presented by Visa, helped to deliver Team GB and ParalympicsGB – Our Greatest Team – for London 2012. Alongside National Lottery and Exchequer funding, Team 2012 raised funds to support 1,200 British athletes from 47 Olympic and Paralympic sports and disciplines who were in contention for selection for London 2012. Funds raised have been invested in six key areas across 47 different Olympic and Paralympic sporting disciplines:
· Coaching and athlete management
· International travel to both compete and train abroad
· Medical support including sports psychology, physiotherapy, nutrition and intensive rehabilitation
· Kit and equipment
· Home Games preparations e.g. preparation camps
For more information on Team 2012, visit www.team-2012.com
ParalympicsGB is the name for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team that competes at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. The Team is selected and managed by the British Paralympic Association, in conjunction with the national governing bodies, and is made up of the best sportsmen and women who compete in the 20 summer and 4 winter sports on the Paralympic Programme.
There is only one Paralympic team from Great Britain and Northern Ireland; ParalympicsGB. There is not a Paralympic swimming team or Paralympic tennis team. The individual sports join to become ParalympicsGB, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team.
We are proud of our tradition of outstanding performance at the Paralympic Games: ParalympicsGB has finished second in the medals table at the last three summer Paralympic Games and brought 102 medals home from Beijing, 42 of them gold.
With the next summer Games on home soil, the BPA is exploring every possible option that might have a positive impact on the performance of British athletes in London enabling them to achieve their personal best when it matters most. We recognise that the British team’s performance will have an impact on changing perceptions of disability sport and influencing attitudes towards disability.
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