With just 50 days until London 2012 begins, here are 50 ways to get into the Olympic spirit
11:22 07 June 2012
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To celebrate the countdown to the opening of the London 2012 Olympic games moving into its final 50 days, a fun list of ways to get into the Olympic spirit in East Anglia has been released.
Today marks exactly 50 days until the opening ceremony of London 2012 and organisers of the Games are keen to get everyone in the country involved, rather than just people living in London.
The list includes suggestions such as the ‘Garden for the Games’ project. This is encouraging people to run window boxes down their street in red, white and blue or plant golden marigolds or the Olympic rings in their garden.
There is also the ‘Going Green for Gold’ scheme, a London 2012 Inspire project which is training young gardeners to create community gardens in Norwich, with the help of Great British Garden designer and former Hewett School pupil, Rachel Read.
- Watch out for the next copy of our free monthly Olympic supplement, London Calling, which is next out on Tuesday, June 26, or go to www.edp24.co.uk/sport/london-calling-olympics-2012 for the latest Olympic news in our region.
Here is the full list:
1. Line the streets and dress up your area to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay london2012.com/linethestreets
2. Garden for the Games: Run window boxes down your street in red, white and blue. Plant golden marigolds or get the neighbours talking and plant the Olympic Rings. london2012.com/gardenforthegames
3. Join in with ‘Going Green for Gold’, a London 2012 Inspire project training young gardeners to create community gardens in Norwich, with the help of Great British Garden designer Rachel Read. www.e-c-a.ac.uk/news/146
4. Hold a sports quiz with your friends and family to find the brains of the Games. You can download everything you need to get started, including quizzes and answer sheets, when you sign up as a Local Leader. london2012.com/thebiggamesquiz
5. Gather friends and family to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony on 27 July. Sign up to be a Local Leader for everything you need to get you started – including party invites, recipes and Opening Night In party games. london2012.com/opennightin
6. Host a Super Saturday party on 4 August, when 25 gold medals will be won. A perfect day to host an Olympic BBQ. Sign up to be a Local Leader for everything you need to get you started including invites, recipes and party games. london2012.com/supersaturday
7. Buy Olympic tickets, with prices starting from £20, at www.tickets.london2012.com
8. Make sure your local school celebrates the athletes and cultures of the world on London 2012 World Sport Day on 25 June london2012.com/worldsportsday
9. Encourage your local school to learn the official London 2012 mascot dance london2012.com/worldsportsday
10. Make Flame hats and shakers in your school or at home to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay london2012.com/linethestreets
11. Get your school to enter the ‘Get Set for Team GB and ParalympicsGB’ schools competition, pledging their support to our greatest team as they prepare for the Games london2012.com/getset
12. Attend one of the Paralympic Games ‘Light a Lantern’ events. london2012.com/join-in
13. Plan Paralympic Games activities for the start of the new school year in September. london2012.com/getset
14. Discover new pieces of work created by 12–19 year olds at Response Theatre, Norwich. Their Inspire project explores the Olympic and Paralympic Values, making short films that will shared be online to encourage discussion about what they mean to other young people. www.responsetheatre.co.uk
15. Take part in the Reading Relay, an Inspire project from Essex libraries linking primary, middle and special schools in the region through reading, sharing and evaluating books that have stories that embrace the Olympic and Paralympic Values. The reading is linked to the summer holiday national public library Reading Challenges right up to the start of the Games. http://www.essexlegacy.org/schools/reading-relay
16. Discover Hertfordshire’s Good School Food Gold Medal Challenge – inspiring schoolchildren across the county to consider healthier food options and learn about the diet of athletes and other foods from around the world. www.hertsisreadyforwinners.co.uk/news/herts-school-children-eat-like-london-2012-athletes.html
17. Find out about the Inspired Life Role Models Programme embracing the Olympic and Paralympic Values with a rolling programme of inspirational speakers and workshops for young people, visiting youth groups, schools and organisations helping raising aspirations. www.inspiredlife.org
18. Download the final mascot film from the Get Set website and host a special school assembly to see how their journey ends. london2012.com/getset
19. Bake a Mount Olympus Pudding for your Olympic celebrations, a dessert of Olympic ambitions created by the Baker Brothers. Download the recipe at www.london2012.com/localleaders
20. Watch all the sport on giant screens and enjoy other entertainment at the Norwich Live Site. london2012.com/livesites
21. Try a new Olympic sport. Learn all about the sports on the London 2012 programme at london2012.com/sports.
22. Thinking of coming to London to watch a free Olympic sport event? Sign up to receive free advice about attending one of the nine free road sport events, including the Marathon and Cycling Road Race. london2012.com/signup
23. Find out about athletes born in your area hoping to compete at London 2012. Find out about their sport and get ready to follow their journey.
24. Learn more about the nations and cultures of the athletes who will be based at a Pre-Games Training Camp near you.
25. Find out how to train to become a referee, official or coach in a sport that interests you www.sportengland.org
26. Take part in the London 2012 Festival – over 10 million free opportunities for a huge range of arts and culture events. london2012.com/festival
27. Enjoy The Big Concert – Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, on 21 June, broadcast live from Stirling on BBC Four and at 22 London 2012 Live Sites across the UK. london2012.com/festival
28. Join the 100,000 people on Hackney Marshes by listening to the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and on BBC Three. london2012.com/festival
29. Grab a bell and ring it on the morning of the opening day of the London 2012 Olympic Games for ‘Work No.1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes’ by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed. The UK is invited to ring thousands of bells at the same time, whether schools bells, church bells, town hall bells, bicycle bells or door bells. london2012.com/festival
30. Tune into the world famous BBC Proms – a London 2012 Festival highlight. From Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to specially-filmed new Wallace and Gromit animations and the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ celebrations. If you can’t make it to the Royal Albert Hall you can enjoy the performances for free on BBC Radio 3, and many will also be screened on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four. london2012.com/festival
31. Visit some of the Olympic Host Cities and towns given their moment to shine during the Torch Relay. Get 20.12pc discount off top attractions along with other fantastic offers. www.great2012offers.com
32. Make your own mascot and play games with Wenlock and Mandeville at london2012.com/mascots
33. Buy a mascot from the London 2012 Online Shop. shop.london2012.com/
34. Buy your flags and banners to line the streets for Olympic Torch Relay, from £5 at shop.london2012.com/ and in the official London 2012 Shop at John Lewis.
35. Buy your Team GB replica kit to cheer on our greatest team. shop.london2012.com/
36. Buy your Team GB scarf to support our greatest team ourgreatestteam.com
37. Tune into BBC coverage of the Olympic Games.
38. Follow @London2012 on Twitter and Like the London 2012 Facebook page for all the latest info, photos, competitions and more.
39. Join Our Greatest Team – send a message of support to Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. ourgreatestteam.com
40. Download the Official London 2012 Join In App – a mobile guide to help you plan, enjoy and share your Games experience. london2012.com/mobileapps
41. Download the official results app to keep up with the action, coming soon at london2012.com/mobileapps
42. Watch new videos uploaded daily at www.youtube.com/london2012
43. Get a ticket to watch the Olympic Football Tournament around the UK. Tickets from £20 for adults, with special prices for young people and seniors. www.tickets.london2012.com
44. Join in the free Big Dance across the region. Events will take place in locations from shops to parks and feature all dance styles. There are classes, workshops, courses, performances, world record attempts. Open to absolutely everyone. london2012.com/festival london2012.com/festival
45. Buy Paralympic Games tickets and witness sport like never before. Tickets from £10 for adults, £5 for young people and seniors. www.tickets.london2012.com
46. Sign up to ‘Join in’ emails giving you news, videos and exclusive competitions from now right through the Games. london2012.com/signup
47. Be part of the UK-wide art project ‘Peace Camp’: glowing encampments at some of the most beautiful and remote coastal locations, from County Antrim to the tip of Cornwall. Explore the artwork live and contribute online. www.peacecamp2012.com
48. Join A Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and back: a celebration of films made by the public and shown on big screens, curated by film critics Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams. london2012.com/festival
49. Take part in Sportivate, a programme encouraging young people aged 14–25 to complete weekly coaching sessions, to provide an on-going legacy of regularly sporting activity going forward. www.livingsport.co.uk/player/sportivate
50. Enjoy performances by the Aldeburgh World Orchestra: a series of concerts in Suffolk by emerging musicians from all over the world. london2012.com/festival