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Chichester District welcomes the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route

Rogate, Midhurst, Easebourne, Tillington, Petworth, Duncton and Chichester are included in the 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in West Sussex to devise the route.

"We are very excited, and feel very privileged, that our district has been chosen to welcome the Olympic Flame", says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Wellbeing at Chichester District Council.

"This is a great opportunity to celebrate our young sporting stars, some of who are London 2012 hopefuls. It is also a chance to encourage others to get involved in the many sport and leisure opportunities that our district has to offer.

"Whether it is using our leisure centres, taking part in one of our community sports schemes, or joining a local club, we want to use this opportunity to get even more people involved.

"What's more, it is a chance for us to support the members of our communities who have been chosen to run with the Olympic Flame.

"For the majority of us, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we intend on encouraging our local communities to celebrate and help us to showcase what our district has to offer.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: 'We are thrilled to confirm that Rogate, Midhurst, Easebourne, Tillington, Petworth, Duncton and Chichester will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in the Chichester District to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK. This is the UK's moment to shine and I want to encourage people across the Chichester District to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games."

The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land's End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land's End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.

In announcing the villages, towns and cities LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour's journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, over 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street-by-street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.

People are invited to view the interactive map to find their nearest community through which the Olympic Flame will be carried.

On the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay, it is LOCOG's intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers each of whom will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community. In December this year, successful nominees will be contacted with a conditional offer and final Torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February 2012 onwards.

Today LOCOG launches two new public participation programmes. The 'Local Leaders' initiative is an invitation to people to take the 2012 Games into their community and create their own celebrations next year, for the Olympic Torch Relay and other key moments during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. People are encouraged to sign up to the Local Leader programme to receive further information on a range of themed celebration ideas focusing on the Opening Ceremony evening, gardening, quizzes and barbecues and be in the front row to receive free London 2012 event materials to support events.

Also launched today is the 'Get Set for the Olympic Torch Relay' education resource, available to all schools registered with Get Set, London 2012's official education programme. The aim of the resource is to provide schools with cross-curricular resources aimed at teachers working with 3 to 16 year olds to aid learning around history of Olympic Torch Relays, the design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the Torch itself. A further education resource will launch next year to encourage schools to plan a welcome for the Olympic Flame and show support for the Torchbearers. Lloyds TSB, official Education Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, have launched their Flame Followers schools programme which compliments the Get Set resources, and gives schools once-in-a-lifetime opportunities be right at the heart of the excitement and celebrations of the Relay.