Bid to rekindle Olympic flame in Rotherham

SPORTING leaders are aiming to stoke up the Olympic spirit again this week by encourage people to hold their own mini-Games this summer.

The 2013 Community Games programme gives local groups and organisations the opportunity to apply for up to £500 of funding from South Yorkshire Sport.

Grants can be used to run community events in Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster or Sheffield which bring local people together and encourage new sports and arts activities.

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Community Games first came to South Yorkshire in 2012 and saw almost 40 festivals, family fun days and sporting competitions staged across the region.

Community groups can also register their event on the Community Games website to access resources such as posters, certificates, T-shirts, banners, bunting and stickers.

Stuart Rogers, development manager at South Yorkshire Sport, said: “These grants, from the government's national £2 million Big Society Fund, are about creating a legacy from events in the heart of communities across South Yorkshire.

“The Community Games programme was a huge success in 2012 so we are expecting many groups and organisations to get involved once again.

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“You could hold an event to celebrate the first anniversary of London 2012, the torch relay or the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. The programme gives communities the opportunity to get together and celebrate what makes their area special.”

For more information about applying for funding or to register your event and access the resource pack, visit or call 0114 223 5683.