Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

2012 Games

2012 Games

DCAL led on and co-ordinated all aspects relating to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 for Northern Ireland.

Strategic Context

Back in 2008, a Northern Ireland 2012 Strategy for the Games (2.68MB) was developed and agreed by the NI Executive to maximise the potential benefits for NI. The Strategy set out the region’s ambition to use the catalyst of the Games to engage young people; to encourage and inspire participation in sport, the arts, volunteering and wider cultural activity, and to support local businesses to get fit for purpose. The Strategy explored 7 key themes, with the relevant stakeholder organisation taking the lead in their particular sector as follows:-

Culture (Arts Council of Northern Ireland)
Sports (Sport NI);
Tourism (NI Tourist Board)
Business (Invest NI)
Education (Department of Education);
Skills & Employment (Department for Employment and Learning); and
Volunteering (Volunteer Now).

Strategic Objectives for the North included:

  • Increasing participation in Sport, especially amongst young people
  • Achieving high athletic performance
  • Creating better infrastructure (facilities and people)
  • Maximising the local economic and social impacts of the Games.

Websites of interest

Department for Culture Media and Sport ;

London 2012 ;

Legacy Trust UK

Further Questions

What are the Economic and Sporting Benefits from the 2012 Games?

What is the Inspire programme?

What are the Social benefits from the 2012 Games?

Related Links



The following publications are in PDF Format. You will require Adobe Reader in order to view them

Raise Your Game' Pre-Games Training Camp Opens new window (1.72Mb)

NI Strategy for the 2012 Games Opens new window (2.69Mb)



Torch Relay - Locations by regions and date