Bishop Burton principal's rallying 2012 call
The principal of Bishop Burton has urged other organisations to take advantage of opportunities the Olympic Games can offer.
Jeanette Dawson feels too many groups in the East Riding are waiting to see what happens after the Games rather than seizing the opportunities available now.
The issue was highlighted during the recent visit to Hull by London Olympics chief Lord Coe, who urged the region to take advantage when the Games come to England.
Bishop Burton College has been approved as an equestrian training camp and, on the back of that, the college has successfully bid to host the 2010 FEI Pony European Championships and 2011 Polocrosse World Cup – the first time this event has been held in the UK.
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Ms Dawson said: "There is a feeling that not enough is happening in our region and I can understand that.
"I really feel its in our hands. It's a fantastic opportunity people just have to take.
"I really want to get the message out that it's not about waiting until 2012.
"The legacy started the moment it was announced London was hosting the Olympics.
"As soon that was announced we put a plan in place to expand and improve our equine facilities, with the Olympic-standard Bishop Burton Arena at the core of that redevelopment.
"I would say to others: 'take advantage of the Games now'.
"Hull is the region's city which takes the lead on this and in some ways the East Riding's hands are tied.
"What is short in the East Riding is coordination and there is now massive resource to do that.
"But there are lots of volunteering programmes out there which organisations can tap into. This is a real opportunity."
East Riding Council is also building up to the Olympics having introduced a 'talented athlete leisure centre' scheme which means promising athletes can access council facilities and physiotherapy free of charge.
Talent development squads have also been introduced to 12 secondary schools to help pupils with the potential to become top sports people.