London did a spectacular job of hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and their legacies are strong and ongoing. This summer, London hosts the World Athletics and World Para Athletics Championships and, in a bid to encourage the public to get active, organisers have launched a celebratory grassroots scheme called Team Personal Best.
A part of the London 2017 Inspiration Programme, Team Personal Best is creating athletics-themed events to be hosted by athletics clubs, leisure centres, running clubs and community groups around the country, and the events are aimed at people of all abilities, ages and fitness levels.
Events can be anything athletics-related: an open day for your sports club, a family sports day, a fun run, coaching courses – literally anything you like. The website features others suggestions. It’s a chance to bring this year’s biggest global sporting event to your local area, to feed off its energy, to inspire and to develop community links in the process.
Find out what’s going on near to you
Well over 100 events have already been registered and individuals wanting to get involved can use the event finder to find out what’s going on in their area. Participants are encouraged to share their personal-best times or any other achievements on social media using the hashtag #TeamPersonalBest.
Some events have already taken place, including disability festivals at the Copper Box at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and a clutch of taster sessions at clubs around the country. Fitness group GoodGym have signed up all their sessions to Team Personal Best from now until September.
We are a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good, so athletics is at the core of what we do. We use our sport to help our communities, which is what Team Personal Best is all about. As long as you are up for getting sweaty, everyone is welcome at our sessions. Even if you’re not into running, our group runs are a great way to get some exercise and make a difference to a local community project. Ivo Gormley, founder of GoodGym
All listed events can be found on the Team Personal Best website – and of course it’s not too late to create your own. You can submit events through the website also.
The World Para Athletics Championships (14-23 July) and IAAF World Championships London 2017 (4-13 August) will be the biggest sporting events in the world in the 2017. It is the first time ever that both Championships are being held in the same city in the same summer – which is the primary reason Team Personal Best has been created… to inspire as many people as possible to get involved in grassroots athletics.
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