20th July 2013 at 1:48pm
Exactly a year after London 2012, The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (to give it its Sunday name) will once again feature strongly in the world of sport. It’s to play host to three days of world-class athletics action from 26 to 28 July under the banner of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.
And it’s already a sell out. In fact it sold out in only 75 minutes for the Friday and Saturday IAAF Diamond League event, which will see some of the world’s best athletes compete.
On Sunday the stadium will feature a third day of action dedicated to showcase the Paralympic champions of 2012 in the IPC International Challenge. So far 14 Olympic medallists are committed to competing, including four gold medallists.
It promises to be a great weekend.
The importance of planning
Not only will this event be a timely reminder of Lord Coe’s intention to “inspire a generation” – the games started exactly a year ago – but it will underpin a key element of the ethos of any Olympics; to create lasting legacies, both in sporting and cultural terms.
And none of that happened by accident. The Telegraph pointed out, in a post-games article last September, that the ‘joyous games’ were the result of perfect planning- for Locog. That process of planning for a good customer experience began in 2008 and it worked like a dream.
Whether it’s organising the Olympic Games, or looking ahead to your own future, planning is the key. We encourage our customers to have a financial plan for ALL of their life events; buying a house, marrying, raising a family, retiring, managing inheritance – and to help with this we’ve created a series of online guides for all of these eventualities.
So, enjoy the games next week and perhaps take a moment to reflect on what the legacy of great planning means in the real world. As that wise old sage Warren Buffett once said, “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”