Coventry became the first city in England to host Olympic competition since 1948, with the first of 12 matches of Olympic Football beginning two days before the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on 27 July.
After seven years of planning, organising and waiting, the eyes of the world turned to London and the UK for the 30th Olympiad, London 2012.
Across Coventry and the wider region, we have spent over 2,500 days engaging in the Games, inspiring our communities, sports clubs, businesses and individuals to be part of London 2012 and join in with the two largest sporting events in the world.
We had an unforgettable summer and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games united the UK behind Team GB and Paralympics GB, who delivered our greatest team performance ever.
As one of six UK wide venues for Olympic Football, a host for the Olympic Torch Relay and Paralympic Flame along with numerous other London 2012 inspired projects and initiatives, Coventry engaged in the Games like no other city outside of London.
A summary of our final years major achievements in 2012 is listed below. Thank you Coventry, we did it right!
Over 160,000 people attended Olympic Football across the 8 matchdays, with over 870 of the worlds media, journalists and photographers
Over 40,000 people celebrated the Olympic Torch Relay on Days 44 and 45 via our evening celebration and lining the streets to see the Olympic Flame
As one six UK wide football venues, the City of Coventry Stadium hosted 12 matches of the Olympic Football tournament (7 women's and 5 men's)
Coventry was chosen to host the Olympic Football test event, the last qualifying match between Senegal and Oman for a place at London 2012
Local communities across Coventry hosted 30 Community Games events securing funding through this new scheme
130 people celebrated the London 2012 Festival commission, All the Bells, part of a nationwide event to ring a bell continuously for three minutes
More than 600 people celebrated the Paralympic Flame coming to Coventry at our disability sports and culture Flame Celeration event
500 people watched the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony at the Live Site
330 local people were selected and trained as Coventry Ambassadors, giving over 14,000 volunteer hours welcoming the world to our city
More than 130 business across the sub-region won 2012 related contracts, securing jobs and bringing investment to the city
44 projects awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark accreditation
A new, innovative London 2012 in Coventry smartapp was launched across 7 platforms achieving more than 60,000 downloads from over 150 countries
Adidas chose Coventry to launch the official London 2012 match ball at the City of Coventry Stadium to the world
Over £4.5 million of advertising and PR value has been generated over the lifespan of the 2012 project from 2007-2012
614 likes on Facebook www.facebook.com/coventry2012
Our target of 2,012 followers on twitter was achieved, peaking at 2,154 followers @Coventry2012
7,871, video views on You Tube www.youtube.com/coventry2012games
7 local sporting heroes got the chance of a life time and were selected to attended the Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies thanking them for thier services to sport and the community
Africa Inspires delivered 5 new water tanks, new IT equipment and a mini Olympic sport festival to 5 partner schools and over 1,200 young people in Kampala, Uganda www.africa-inspires.com
Over 7,500 children participated in our Festival of Sport project, inspiring them about the Olympic and Paralympic sport
As a co-host city for London 2012, Coventry had our own GIANT Olympic Rings located at the Rowleys Green Roundabout
362 schools across the region registered on the London 2012 Get Set Education programme
4,000 people watched the opening spectacular performance of Godiva Awakes in Univeristy Square and Broadgate
500,000 people across the UK saw Godiva Awakes on her journey to London www.godivaawakes.com
20 people from Coventry were selected to carry the Olympic Flame as a London 2012 Torchbearer
Coventry was awarded £270,000 to dress the city as part of the London 2012 look and feel programme. 780 lamp post banners, 40 flags, 7 privet figures and giant building wraps dressed the city
29 athlete bursarys were awarded to our young elite athletes taking the CAP Bursary scheme total to 125 bursaries awarded over 5 years
7 athletes from Coventry and Warwickshire were selected for Paralympics GB, winning 1 silver (Sam Ingram - Judo) and 1 bronze medal (Nigel Murray - Boccia)
5 athletes from Coventry and Warwickshire were selected for Team GB, winning 1 Gold medal (Nick Skelton - Equestrian / Show Jumping)
3 Coventry schools were chosen by LOCOG to be part of the Guard of Honour welcoming the teams competing in the Olympic Football tournament Edgewick, Corley and Finham Park)
Coventry company Premier Group won the high profile contract to manufacture over 9,000 Olympic and Paralympic torches
Hosting the Olympic Games and the Proud of my City campaign contributed to almost 80% of local people saying they were proud of their city
High profile visits from Sepp Blatter, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Trevor Brooking, Hope Powell and numerous Government Ministers, Sports Ministers from around the world and LOCOG dignitaries as a result of being a host Olympic city
40 sports clubs across Coventry signed up to support the Join In weekend, a celebration of sport to mark London 2012 in your local area
2,000 people attended Coventry Cathedral's London 2012 Festival commission "Gloria" performed by James MacMillan
12 families went to the London 2012 Paralympic Games ceremonies as part of the London 2012 Children's Promise scheme
5 schools were awarded Plan Your 2012 Funding as part of the London 2012 Education programme
Fantastic partnerships were created and delivered across all the blue light services and resilience forums, leaving a lasting legacy of planning, partnership and preparation for future major events
24 events held at the Live Site big screen in Millennium Place across sport and culture, the highest number in the region
Coventry hosted the London 2012 Local Leaders launch event at Garden Organic, Ryton on behalf of the West Midlands
Passing one year to go marked a significant milestone for Coventry as interest in the cities 2012 Games programme reached new heights.
Coventry's ambition to establish themselves as the city that engages more than anywhere outside of London, gained even greater excitement and momentum with the opening of the new London 2012 Live Site Big Screen - the focal point of live action and events at Games Time.
Coventry was also selected as one of 66 evening celebration locations to host the Olympic Torch Relay and the start of an £8m public realm re-development programme across the city centre has begun to ensure the Coventry looks its best for when we welcome the world in 2012.
As a co-host City for Olympic Football, over 80% of schools have registered on the Get Set Network and over 40 projects have been accredited the London 2012 Inspire Mark.
A selection of our achievements in 2011 were:
Coventry's Live Site was installed to join the UK network of 22 big screens across the UK
Coventry announced as one of only 66 evening celebration events for the Olympic Torch Relay
The City of Coventry Stadium announced as the venue to host the Olympic Football test event, the last Men's qualifying play-off match on the 23 April 2012
15 events as part of London 2012 Open Weekend across Coventry and Warwickshire
University of Warwick hosted the regional London 2012 Games Maker selection event interviews as one of only 9 venues across the UK
1,000 people attended Coventry's London 2012 Open Weekend celebrations at the Live Site in Millennium Place
575 people applied to become a Coventry Ambassador and volunteer in Coventry during the London 2012 Games
90% of schools registered on Get Set and 80% of schools applied to the Get Set Network
£500 million worth of London 2012 contracts have been won by West Midlands firms through Compete For
Coventry launches a special London 2012 pin badge
Lord Seb Coe visited the City of Coventry Stadium
Coventry partners launch a football competition called the Legacy League to increase girls participation in football
Paralympics GB Fencing team base themselves at Coventry University in the build up to London 2012
25 young athletes are awarded funding as part of the CAP Bursary scheme
International fashion designer Zandra Rhodes joins the Godiva Awakes design team
3 visits of the Olympic Torch Tour from London 2012 sponsors activation
7 time Olympic medalist, Kirsty Coventry, returned to Coventry to use the 50m pool facilites as a training camp for London 2012
Over 6,000 children have particpated in our Festival of Sport programme
Over 40 projects across Coventry and Warwickshire have been accredited with the London 2012 Inspire Mark
3 teacher upskilling visits to African schools in Uganda resulting in 1,000 pupils from Kampala taking part in their first ever mutli school sports festival at Makerere University
600 followers on Twitter
3,125 video views on YouTube
35,000 people have visited the Coventry 2012 Games website since it launched in December 2008 www.coventry.gov.uk/london2012
325 likes on Facebook
Coventry and Warwickshire has now established itself as arguably the leading region outside of London for maximising and securing opportunities presented by the 2012 Games. Through key organisations and partners working collectively, Coventry and Warwickshire has a number of high profile commissions and contracts that will play a major role in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With a number of large scale projects and events now coming to the forefront of CW2012's activity, planning for the celebration in 2012 of how Coventry and Warwickshire are going to be part of London 2012 is well under way.
A selection of our achievements in 2010 were:
Coventry's Ricoh Arena was selected as the Midlands venue to host part of the Olympic football competition for London 2012
Coventry awarded a London 2012 Live Site big screen which will be located in Millennium Place in the wall of the Coventry Transport Museum
Over 4,000 children have participated in our Festival of Sport project to date
70% of schools and colleges from across the sub-region have registered for the London 2012 Get Set education programme
3 schools and colleges have been recognised for their work around London 2012 and have been accepted as part of the Get Set Network
29 athletes were presented with sports bursaries to support their sports performance and training as part of our Team C&W project
10 Coventry and Wawickshire projects have been accredited with the London 2012 Inspire Mark
Over 10,000 people have visited our website www.cswp.org.uk/london2012 since its launch in December 2008
We launched social media campaigns on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube
11 events were hosted across the sub-region as part of London 2012 Open Weekend
Hosted the Archery GB National Series Final in Leamington Spa
Hosted the first leg of the national London 2012 Games Maker volunteer roadshow
Re-launched the CW2012 brand with a complete overhaul of all of our exisiting printed and digital media
The University of Warwick named as an offical training venue for London 2012 as part of the Olympic football competition coming to Coventry
7 time Olympic medalist, Kirsty Coventry, visited the city that shares her name for the first time
10 athletes from Coventry and Warwickshire won a total of 8 medals whilst competing at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi
3 events hosted across Coventry and Warwickshire as part of Sport Relief 2010
Engagement and activity for London 2012 in Coventry and Warwickshire increases with pace as we pass the 1,000 days to go milestone for both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonies. The Partnership's flagship projects all begin their phased delivery and our engagement in London 2012 grows to three levels - local, regional and national.
Through our extensive engagement, many 2012 opportunities have arisen for organisations, communities and individuals to join in and be part of London 2012 through a number of tangible activities, projects and events.
Recognised by the Chief Executive of London 2012 as the most dynamic 2012 Partnership outside of London, we are also leading on two of the National London 2012 Cultural Olympiad projects and are the primary 2012 Partnership in the West Midlands region.
A selection of our achievements in 2009 were:
1,200 year seven school children participated in the first ever Festival of Sport event, providing an Olympic and Paralympic expereince to all
1,000 people participated in the Olympic Sport Zone at Godiva Festival, trying five different sports for free
100 businesses attended a new series of annual AWM business awareness and business tendering workshops supported by Business Link and Advantage West Midlands
90 schools across the sub-region have regsitered for the 'London 2012 Get Set Education' programme, embracing the Olympic and Paralympic values
50 media interviews have been given via local, regional and national radio, TV and media platforms
24 athletes were presented with sports bursaries to support their sports performance and training as part of our Team C&W project
15 Coventry & Warwickshire businesses have won 2012 contracts
12 organisations registered their events to be part of the London 2012 Open Weekend in September
9 Olympic and Paralympic legends were part of the Godiva Carnival procession as crowds of thousands watched the parade through Coventry
5 local projects have been awarded the London 2012 'Inspire Mark' accreditation - Museums on the Move, Extraordinary Cycles, Knickers and Vest, Imagination our Nation and the Festival of Sport
2 visits from National Olympic Committees to view our London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camps
Lord Sebastian Coe (Chairman of London 2012) visits Rugby School to unveil a plaque commemorating the schools inspirational impact on Pierre De Courbetin
Paralympian Gold Medalists Liz Stone and Nigel Murray, were appointed Coventry and Warwickshire Pararlympic Ambassadors to mark three years to go until the London 2012 Paralympic Games
Bi-monthly editions of sub-regional newsletter 'Our Journey to 2012' delivered and circulated to over 60,000 people
Celebrated the 1,000 days to go milestone for both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on 31st October and 3rd December
Coventry hosted the British Transplant Games involving over 1,000 competitors across a range of sports and activities, signing up over 10,000 local people as organ donors
Paul Deighton (Chief Executive of London 2012) visits our Festival of Sport project as part of his visit to the West Midlands
Linked to our Stratford to Stratford project, two men travelled 212 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon to Stratford East London by pedalo to raise money for charity, using the canal networks
Continuing to play a key role supporting the West Midlands regional 2012 plan and Cultural Olympiad programme, where other areas look to benchmark themselves against our vision and ambition
Coventry and Warwickshire came alive to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic handovers from Beijing 2008 to London 2012, starting London 2012's four year Cultural Olympiad programme and the countdown to the two largest sporting events in the world.
The outstanding performances of Team GB athletes in Beijing inspires local communities, schools, sports clubs, business and individuals to start their Journey to London 2012, as the eyes of the World now focus and turn to London and the UK for the 30th Olympiad in 2012.
A selection of our achievements in 2008 were:
4,000 took part in the celebrations of the Olympic and Paralympic handovers from Beijing to London
Over 800 Coventry and Warwickshire businesses have registered on the London 2012 Procurement system, Compete For
45 schools have registered for the London 2012 Get Set Education programme
27 families across the sub-region are eligible for the London 2012 Children's Promise scheme
23 schools celebrated the Paralympic Handover from Beijing to London
11 venues selected for inclusion into the London 2012 Olympic Pre-Games Training Camp guide
10 Coventry and Warwickshire businesses have won 2012 related contracts
8 Beijing to London Olympic handover flag raising ceremonies were held across the sub-region
5 visits from National Olympic Committees looking to use our training camp facilities for London 2012
4 venues gained selection for inclusion in the London 2012 Paralympic Pre-Games Training Camp guide
4 AWM Business awareness raising workshops were held
A Civic reception was held to honour the achievements of Coventry and Warwickshire athletes who were part of Team GB in Beijing 2008
Launch of the Coventry and Warwickshire 2012 Partnership website www.cswp.org.uk/london2012
Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of London 2012, visits Coventry as part of Nations and Regions tour - January
Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of London 2012, visits Coventry to view our 2012 progress as part of the West Midlands tour - December
Our Journey on the road to London 2012 begins. Coventry becomes the first City in the UK to host the UK School Games. Local facilities register for inclusion into the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide and our sub-region hosts National and International major sporting events to support our 2012 pre-games training camp aspirations.
Planning around our strategy and engagement in London 2012 is well underway and a number of flagship projects and key events are identified for local organisations and individuals to join in with and be part of.
A selection of our achievements in 2007 were:
Coventry becomes the first City in the UK to host the UK School Games, which included 1300 of the UK's most talented athletes competing in 8 sports over 4 days
Hosted the West Midlands first Regional 2012 Conference at the Ricoh Arena with over 250 delegates and keynote speakers
Appointed David Moorcroft, (triple Olympian and former 5000m World Record holder, broadcaster and Chief Executive of UK Athletics) as Lead Ambassador for the Coventry and Warwickshire 2012 Partnership
Launched a dedicated 2012 Business helpline to support local business in pursuit of business contracts related to London 2012
Sponsored and supported the European Cup of Racewalking in partnership with the IAAF where 300 athletes from over 15 countries took part
150 business attended two London 2012 business workshops to receive information on the London 2012 Business Network and procurement system
Sponsored and supported the National Duathlon Championships in partnership with British Triathlon
John Inverdale launched Our Journey to 2012 concept, proposing major projects for local partners to get involved and be part of London 2012
11 facilities form a C&W Consortium to register for inclusion into the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp guide
Launched our sub-regional 2012 newsletter, designed to update and inform everyone locally, regionally and nationally on our 2012 engagement
Key local organisations form the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership for the 2012 Games, with a remit to identify and maximise the opportunities presented by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the key themes of sport, culture, business, tourism and pre-games training camps.
A selection of our achievements in 2006 were:
Welcomed the London 2012 Roadshow to Stratford-on-Avon as part of the West Midlands Nations and Regions visit
70 local businesses attended the first ever London 2012 Business opportunities workshop
11 venues form a consortium to apply for the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide, looking to host National Olympic Committees as training or holding camps
Coventry bids for wins the right to host the UK School Games, a multi-sport event designed to replicate the environment of the Olympic Games for young people of school age
Themed groups established with local partners to identify opportunities in Sport, Business, Culture, Tourism and Pre-Games Training Camps