Talented young athletes from across East Staffordshire will play a key part in the country’s celebrations to mark the handover of the Olympic flag from Beijing to London later this month.

East Staffordshire Borough Council will be taking part in a nationwide flag raising event on Sunday 24th August at the Town Hall in Burton upon Trent. Local young athletes, who recently received Sports Scholarship Awards from East Staffordshire Borough Council, will help raise a special London 2012 Olympic flag alongside the Deputy Mayor of the Council, Geoff Morrison and Councillor Bernard Peters, Deputy Leader for Health, Environment and Leisure.

The flags will be raised at 2.30pm at the Town Hall to coincide with the handover of the Olympic flag to the Mayor of London during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games.

To celebrate the handover of the Olympic Torch, Meadowside Leisure Centre, Uttoxeter Leisure Centre and Shobnall Leisure Complex will be offering the following free activities on Sunday, August 24th.

Shobnall Leisure Complex - free tennis, athletics track, golf and bowls.
Meadowside Leisure Centre and Uttoxeter Leisure Centre - free junior swims.
There will be no need to book courts, just turn up on the day and play.

The events will mark the start of a four year journey for the UK and East Staffordshire which will aim to ensure that the London 2012 Games are a resounding success and achieve wide ranging benefits for people in the borough.

Deputy Mayor of East Staffordshire, Councillor Geoff Morrison said: “While the Olympic Games in 2012 are happening in London, it is clear there’s strong support for them throughout the length and breadth of the country.

“Raising the Olympic flag at the Town Hall will prove to be a proud and exciting event for these young athletes from East Staffordshire.

Councillor Bernard Peters, Deputy Leader for Health, Environment and Leisure added: “The borough has a thriving sporting community, supported strongly by East Staffordshire Borough Council, and we are all proud of the achievements of our future sporting stars.

“East Staffordshire Borough Council has a major role to play in ensuring that young people across the borough are nurtured not only for the possibility of representing their country at future sporting events but most importantly to guarantee that they lead a positive, healthy life.”