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Want to be part of 2012?
Get involved at the 2012 Olympics
Dreaming of medals?

The greatest sporting show on earth is coming to town.

In almost five years London will host the Olympics and Paralympics and there are hundreds of ways of being involved.

If you are looking to compete, there are sports recruiting fresh new talent, and if you're aged 11-16 a national campaign looking for potential champions will be coming to a club or school near you soon.

For the less ambitious, maybe there is an Olympic sport you want to try out, such as handball, wrestling or archery.

There are also many opportunities to volunteer and work towards helping with the organising and building of the Games.

Our guide shows you how and where you can take part.

LONDON 2012 GAMES

Over 100,000 people will be working on the Olympics and Paralympics in London - including 3,000 staff and 70,000 volunteers - so there is no shortage of ways of being involved.

You can also find out about the ideals behind the successful bid and how the 2012 Games will generate extensive individual and business opportunities for everyone across the UK.

20-4-12 TALENT SEARCH

An initiative looking for potential Olympic and Paralympic champions in 2012 will be visiting schools and clubs across the UK from the start of 2007.

It is aimed at 11-16 year olds and will also be helping to inspire participation in all types of sport.

ON YOUR MARKS!

This is a great new website created for young people, teachers and parents and tells you about everything you could possibly think of about the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is full of facts, photographs to download, all the latest 2012 news and teaching ideas to help educate everybody about this amazing event.

TRY AN OLYMPIC SPORT

London 2012 logo
There is an amazing variety of sports involved at the Olympics and Paralympics.

Have you thought about trying a new sport? Wrestling, canoeing, equestrian, modern pentathlon or shooting perhaps.

Our guide gives you a taste of everything on offer, links to all the governing bodies and details on how to get in on the action.

BRITISH PARALYMPIC ASSOCIATION

The 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens involved 4,000 athletes from 136 countries, with Team GB boasting 169 athletes and 114 staff members.

Find out about all the different sports the British Paralympic Association is involved in and how they are preparing the athletes for future Games.

Check out all the opportunities available for anybody aspiring to be a world-class athlete with a disability.

UK SPORT

One of the main tasks for UK Sport is to support many national governing bodies in unearthing new talent and leading them to world-class success.

Focusing on 2012, they will soon be launching a scheme to find new talent across the team sports, such as basketball, volleyball and handball.

In the meantime, find out about how UK Sport is helping to support and develop the country's future sport stars.

BRITISH OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION

Jim Anderson won four swimming golds in Athens
GB's Jim Anderson won four swimming golds in 2004
The BOA is responsible for the selection, preparation, management and performance of Team GB at every Games, and provides support and services to team members.

There will be more than 700 Team GB members in 2012 and the BOA will work with all the national governing bodies of Olympic sports to help them reach their full potential.

Find out more about what they do and how they are helping the country's athletes prepare for Beijing and London.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT

One of the main tasks of the International Olympic Committee members is selecting the host cities of the Games.

The IOC also runs the many commercial, educational and developmental projects connected with the Olympic Movement.

Find out more about the Olympic ideals and the organisation behind all the Games.



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