Championing Olympic spirit

Dominic Stevens, Destination Chesterfield David Joy, Derbyshire Sport, Dawn Sweeney, Destination Chesterfield Board Member and Derbyshire Times, Liam Pitchford, British Table Tennis Player and Michael Mitchell, Cricketer and Captain of the Midlands Under-16 Squad
Dominic Stevens, Destination Chesterfield David Joy, Derbyshire Sport, Dawn Sweeney, Destination Chesterfield Board Member and Derbyshire Times, Liam Pitchford, British Table Tennis Player and Michael Mitchell, Cricketer and Captain of the Midlands Under-16 Squad

Business leaders should be quick off the blocks and embrace the economic effect the Olympics can have on Chesterfield and Derbyshire.

That was the message at a breakfast meeting, organised by Destination Chesterfield, which aims to promote the town through its Champions scheme.

The event held at the Fox and Goose, Wigley, included a meet and greet session with Chesterfield’s Liam Pitchford, Commonwealth medal-winning table tennis player who is Britain’s number two and bidding for an Olympic place.

Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield manager said: “The Olympics are a great opportunity for Chesterfield, for our businesses to win contracts, our athletes to compete on the world stage and for residents not only to celebrate and enjoy the event but to be inspired to become involved in sport or make a difference to their community.”

The members of the Chesterfield Champions scheme heard about how their businesses can bid for the many contracts that are still available for the Olympics and that seven contracts have already been won by Chesterfield businesses.

Chart LSP and the Chesterfield Schools Sports Partnership introduced plans for a community torch relay and a range of local events that businesses could get involved in.

Derbyshire Sport presented ‘ICON’ which brings sport and businesses together with the aim of creating a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games in Derbyshire, encouraging workplaces to become more active and allow more businesses to contribute to the vision for Derbyshire to become one of the most active and successful sporting counties in England by 2020.

This year the scheme has already provided bursaries to 31 athletes living in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, many of which are already competing for England or Great Britain.”

Businesses interested in becoming a Chesterfield Champion can contact Dominic Stevens on 01246 207207 or dominic.stevens@dncc.co.uk.