One year on from London 2012, the Olympic flame is set to burn bright in Dacorum again

London 2012
London 2012

Dacorum has the chance to remember the spirit of London 2012 by reliving the excitement of the Games in a week-long festival of sport across the borough.

The country was gripped by Olympic fever 12 months ago as Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max Whitlock, pictured, and the rest of Team GB did the nation proud on the greatest sporting stage of them all.

Max Whitlock in his London 2012 Team GB kit

Max Whitlock in his London 2012 Team GB kit

Replay week is Dacorum’s Olympic Legacy Festival of Sport 2013, celebrating one year on from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and one to go until the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

The festival – organised and promoted by Dacorum Sports Network and Sportspace, with financial support from Dacorum Borough Council and Herts Sports Partnership – aims to bring the Olympic Legacy to life by giving people in Dacorum of all ages and abilities the chance to experience a range of sporting events and activities.

Throughout the festival period, sports clubs and other sporting organisations across the borough are opening their doors and running free taster opportunities.

On Sunday, July 21, Dacorum School Sports Network will be opening the festival by holding a Family Fun Day at the Sportspace Athletics Track at Jarman Park; and at the same venue a week later, the Herts Learning Disability Games will be taking place – the only event that is restricted to invited participants.

All other events are open to everybody and in most cases are free, so anybody can turn up and join in as many of the sessions as they wish.

Throughout the festival there are more than 15 sports to try at more than 30 events right across the borough.

The participating clubs will be providing expert coaches, facilities and, in most cases, the equipment needed to get a real taste of the sports on offer.

The Sportspace sports centres in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted will also be open and free for all on Saturday, July 27 so people can use the facilities and meet the clubs that train there.

For further information on the festival, please contact Gemma Roake at or on 01442 507155.