To coincide with the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Britain today [18 May], Lloyds Bank have announced a £660,000 fund to support community projects that inspire young people across the UK

markfostertorchFormer Olympian and swimming world champion Mark Foster launched the initiative and told TVC Group: "It's crucial we get the message out that this Olympics isn't just about London, it's about the whole country.

"The Torch will go within a mile of 95 per cent of people in this country and hopefully we can use that to inspire them to get involved in support and the Olympic ideals."

The Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund will be divided amongst 132 local community projects with the winning projects receiving a £5,000 grant each and local residents will have the opportunity to vote for an initiative that has inspired and supported young people in their area.

Anybody who votes is automatically entered into a draw to win tickets to the  Games themselves and people can vote for 1 of 4 local good causes from today at

Earlier this week, the American Olympic team launched a similar initiative with First Lady Michelle Obama making a special guest appearance at the Team USA Media Summit to give athletes a 'pep talk' and announce a programme to "get more children active".

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