NEWS ON THE TOUR DE FRANCE

 The Council recently held a meeting to discuss the Tour de France to share their plans and to hear about the plans of Town/Parish Councils around the Tour de France route.

Latest News

An update report on the preparations being carried out as Leeds gears up to be host city for the world’s largest annual sporting event was discussed by the Council’s Executive Board at its meeting on Wednesday 18 December.  The report gives an insight into the progress being made in the preparations by the council and other local authorities along the route and in the region, as well as with partner agency Welcome to Yorkshire and TdFHUB2014Ltd, the government company based in Leeds set up to co-ordinate planning for the first three stages of next year’s Tour in the UK.

The Council’s Press Release  is available here:

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Guidance Sheets on Pop-Up Camp Sites, Car Parks etc

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Brand Guidelines

Just a reminder that the official Tour de France logo is subject to restrictions similar to the Olympic logo.  The use of the Tour de France and/or the Yorkshire Grand Départ logo is only permitted with the prior written approval of the Amaury Sport Organisation/Welcome to Yorkshire.  Logos are only permitted to be used by official partners, sponsors, suppliers of ASO and the event.  This means the logos cannot be used, for example, on goods, business names, literature and advertising.  Businesses, either through unlawful use of the logos or otherwise, cannot falsely represent any official association or affiliation to the Tour de France or the Grand Départ.  Full brand guidelines are attached as a reminder.  Brand guidelines attached for information.

We are currently commissioning a Leeds brand which we will be able to share with businesses, schools etc in January which you will be able to use to promote your events etc.

Future Communications

Residents can sign up to receive regular up-dates commencing in January by e-mailing granddepartleeds@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds Inspired

The Leeds Inspired main grants scheme supports cultural events and projects in Leeds. Since April 2012 Leeds Inspired main grants have funded over fifty projects taking place across the city working with a range of audiences and artists. The limit for Leeds Inspired main grant applications is £15,000.  The next deadline is 24 January 2014.  The Leeds Inspired Small Grants fund is open for grant applications up to £1,000 and the next two deadlines are 10 January and 7 March.  If anyone is considering making an applications we strongly recommend that you talk to Jane and Abby who administer the grant scheme, are happy to speak to potential applicants and answer questions they may have, they can be contacted via email on jane@leedsinspired.co.uk or abby@leedsinspired.co.uk or ring them on 247 8305. Further information can be found at http://www.leedsinspired.co.uk/about/grants

RHS Turn Yorkshire Yellow

For over 600 years the symbol of Yorkshire has been the white rose but all that is about to change as gardeners across the county are encouraged to swap white roses for yellow in honour of the Tour de France 2014.  The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), working in conjunction with Welcome to Yorkshire, has produced a factsheet to help gardeners turn Yorkshire yellow next summer.  Further info http://letour.yorkshire.com/news/turning-yorkshire-yellow-with-the-rhs and see attached fact sheet.

Tour Makers Volunteer Programme

We are delighted to announce that Asda is the official partner of the Tour Makers for Yorkshire’s Grand Départ and the Tour de France in the UK in 2014.  In a first for the famous cycle race, Asda will help recruit, train and provide uniforms for the Tour Makers, which will be made up of up to 10,000 volunteers across the country.  Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP officially launched the partnership last week, alongside Welcome to Yorkshire Bid Ambassador and double Commonwealth gold medal winning cyclist Malcolm Elliott and Asda officials.  The deadline for people to sign up to be a Tour Maker is 31 December 2013.  Further details http://letour.yorkshire.com/tour-makers

Leeds in Bloom : Design a Flowerbed Competition

You should have already received information about two competitions for children aged 4-16 to design flowerbeds and edible flowerbeds for Leeds in Bloom.  Obviously this is a great competition which will help us to ensure the city is looking at its best when it hosts the Tour de France and all assistance to help promote the competition, closing dates 31 March, will be most welcome