Volleyball Games Makers

Last weekend’s intense activity on the Olympic Park, where we staged simultaneous events in six different sports [including the Volleyball UK School Games], marked the successful completion of LOCOG’s programme of 42 test events – one of the most extensive programmes of live event testing an OCOG has ever undertaken.

In just under twelve months, we’ve hosted over 8,000 elite athletes across 183 days of competition, spanning all Olympic sports and disciplines and 6 Paralympic sports; we’ve showcased 28 of our iconic new, existing and temporary venues in London and across the UK; we’ve had new world records in a number of sports, including 3 during the Track Cycling World Cup Classic; we’ve deployed a workforce of more than 25,000, including many of you, our Games Makers; we’ve welcomed over 350,000 spectators; and we’ve created a new brand, London Prepares, and in doing so flooded the market with 24,000 t shirts and over 350,000 spectator programmes, whilst also dressing our venues superbly.

In delivering our test event programme, we’ve tested many aspects of our Games time operations across a huge range of Functional Areas. Our activity generated exceptional feedback from athletes, spectators and the media and will undoubtedly enhance our Games this summer.

I wanted to thank you all for the work you’ve done to make the successful delivery of test events possible. Despite, at times, challenging conditions you have performed superbly and I hope that you have enjoyed the opportunity to gain experience of the activities you be involved in at Games time.

You may have seen coverage of the lighting of the Olympic flame in Greece yesterday. The Greek leg of the relay has now begun, with the torch set to arrive on our shores next week.  With just 77 days remaining until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, there is plenty to be excited about.

Thank you to you all for your efforts and I look forward to meeting many of you in just a few months’ time.

Kind regards


Chief Executive Officer

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