‘Team Personal Best’ is to deliver a programme of local community-level activities

London 2017 Ltd has announced further details on how the Inspiration Programme will have a lasting impact on sport and community.

The Inspiration Programme is a programme of coordinated activities designed to harness excitement and interest in London 2017 and create long-term benefits.

‘Team Personal Best’ will involve a programme of local community activities with an aim of getting people who are encouraged by London’s role as host of the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships to become involved in grassroots athletics.

Investment will be in five key areas – disability, volunteering, schools, community and international – with the goal of removing barriers and growing capacity for increased interest.

Ahead of the World Para Athletics Championships taking place from July 14-23 and IAAF World Championships from August 4-13, organisers and partners have already secured £2 million of investment towards the Programme.

One of the partners, England Athletics, will be in receipt of £900k from the Spirit of 2012 over the next three years. The funding was awarded in response to research commissioned by Spirit of 2012 and conducted by England Athletics and is for the purpose of delivering the volunteer programmes on behalf of the 2017 Inspiration Board, aiming to increase the number, diversity and skillsets of athletics volunteers.

The grant is set to secure the delivery of 200 athletics open days manned by volunteers during major events. Part of the Programme’s focus will also be on recruiting disabled volunteers and on enhancing the experience of the existing volunteers and officials in athletics.

Those wishing to either host an event or attend an event can register their interest in Team Personal Best now at www.TeamPersonalBest.org.

Baroness Jowell, who was announced as chair of the Inspiration group in 2015, commented: “I am passionate about sport and the power it has to change lives. Team Personal Best will give communities across the country the opportunity to get involved in 2017 and celebrate in the way that best works locally.”

Debbie Lye, chief executive of Spirit of 2012, said: “This research confirms what other Spirit projects are demonstrating – that volunteering plays a crucial role in making things happen. When it is well organised with care taken to train, reward and recognise volunteers it also improves people’s skills and the wellbeing of both volunteers themselves and the people they support.

“We saw that during London 2012, we’re seeing it again now in Hull where we’re supporting the 2017 City of Culture Volunteer Programme, and we look forward to helping drive a positive shift in athletics volunteering.”

Niels de Vos, championship director of London 2017 Ltd, welcomed the investment in volunteering and said: “You only have to look at the record applications for our Runners volunteering programme to see the people are passionate about supporting athletics.

“It’ll be exciting to see our sport harness the interest in the Summer of World Athletics to better support grassroots athletics.”

Other funding partners confirmed so far for Team Personal Best include Sport England, the GLA, UK Athletics, UK Sport, England Athletics and London 2017 Ltd.

Team Personal Best activities will go live for community organisations in March 2017.