In 2011, the Ricoh Arena joined forces with the Birmingham County FA and Sky Blues in the Community, to establish and the Legacy League. The League has been set up for girls in years 9 and 10 throughout the Coventry and Warwickshire area, in order to enhance partitipation and support schools that struggle to develop football due to lack of coaching and transport.
In June 2011, the Legacy League was awarded a London 2012 'Inspire Mark'. The formation of the scheme for year nine and ten students has earned an Inspire Mark from the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises innovative and exceptional projects that have been directly influenced by the 2012 Olympic and Paralymic Games.
The Legacy League will be split into two halves – from September to November 2011 and from February to April 2012.
A Legacy Cup tournament will also run alongside the league as part of the countdown to 12 Olympic women’s and men’s football matches being staged at the City of Coventry Stadium – as the venue will be known for the duration of the Games – starting on July 25, 2012.
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire programme is recognising the work our partners all round the UK are doing to help us achieve this vision now – less than one year away from the start of the Games. I congratulate everyone involved in the Legacy League for securing the Inspire mark and wish you every success with your work.”
For further information on the League League please contact Jenny Shortt, Marketing and Partnership Executive, on 0844 873 6323 or alternatively e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.