The first ever sports events for disabled people were hosted at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire by Dr Ludwig Guttmann in 1948. The work of this pioneering doctor led directly to the birth of the Paralympic movement. This was recognised on March 1st 2014 by the lighting of the Paralympic Heritage Flame at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the first time an international leg has been hosted for a Paralympic Torch Relay. Watch the Channel 4 coverage from the spectacular ceremony using the link to the right.
The Buckinghamshire Legacy programme aims to build on the momentum from the London 2012 Games. We want to ensure that the county that gave the world the Paralympic Games continues to be at the forefront of global innovation by providing an environment that helps support new and inclusive standards in sport, culture, health and education. By doing this we will attract new investment, develop our expertise and knowledge base and provide new and better opportunities for all residents and visitors to enjoy.