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The country may be carried away with Olympic fever after the moment after the stunning success of Team GB , but now is the time to think about what could be the lasting legacy of the UK hosting the Games in 2012.

Back in 2004 the Government was considering plans to encourage community groups, schools and pubs to hold Street Olympics meetings across the UK, but since then the idea seems to have gone cold. Streets Alive feels the time is right to resurrect this scheme - and what better way to get people involved that to incorporate games for all ages and abilities into street party-style events?

“If you can close off streets from cars they become fabulous public spaces for all sorts of informal games and sports," says Chris Gittins of Streets Alive.

He recommends that street party organisers consider traditional events such as tug-of-war, egg and spoon races, hula hoop-athons and three-legged races alongside a range of Olympic-inspired...

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