"As we cheer on athletes at the Olympic Games, we should remember how so many of them started their career on local green spaces"
Duke of Cambridge
The Olympics were a great success. So how can you feel closer to them? Fields in Trust's QEII Fields Challenge gives you the unique chance to create a legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games that means something to you and benefits your area.
Protecting local spaces for kids to play sport and people to train on - whether it's formal sports pitches, athletics tracks or parks - is a vital element of building grassroots sports. The Challenge ensures that these spaces will be safeguarded forever so if there's a budding Jessica Ennis or Mo Farah in your community they will have somewhere to develop their talent!
Over 1300 communities across the UK already have a local space protected as part of the Challenge, ensuring that people now and in the future will have somewhere to play and practice. If you feel that the Olympics are too remote and don't mean anything for your local area, why not change that by getting involved with the QEII Fields Challenge?
Whether you are a local authority, a town and parish council, sports club or an individual, together we can bring the aspiration of a grassroots Olympic legacy alive.
QEII Fields Inclusion Fund
Fields in Trust are delighted to launch the QEII Fields Inclusion Fund. Open for applications from the start of the Paralympics and endorsed by Scope and EDFS, this fund will help you ensure that everyone can hone their talent and enjoy their local field.
And we’re supported by some key Olympians as well as the Minister for Sports and Olympics:
"Hosting the 2012 Olympics in the year of the Diamond Jubilee is a great honour for the UK and I cannot think of a better way to pay tribute to these events than by ensuring the future of outdoor spaces across the country. I fully support the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge and hope that it will play a key role in securing the next generation of sporting stars."
Sir Chris Hoy, 4 Times Olympic Champion
"The opportunities that playing fields provide to young people are fundamental in building sporting enthusiasm and this is a brilliant campaign to help our future athletes. I would not be where I am now without having access to my local playing field."
Derek Redmond, Gold Medallist & Record Holder 400m
"This is a fantastic project, and an important initiative in ensuring that hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 has a lasting sporting impact. It has my full support."
Jonathan Edwards CBE lends his support to the Challenge
"Playing fields play a vital role in our communities and I am thrilled to see the launch of this fantastic new initiative. What better way to mark both the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics than by ensuring future generations will have access to space for sport and play."
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics
Read more about how Fields in Trust are working to bring you a tangible Olympic legacy
Fields in Trust’s Olympic Legacy brings benefit to over 1300 communities across the UK