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Active Cumbria will help 400 people in Cumbria 'make sport happen' locally on the run up to 2012 as part of the Olympic legacy

March 14, 2012

Active Cumbria and Sport England are recruiting Sport Makers - a National Lottery funded programme for people who'd like to make sport happen in their local community.

Open to anyone aged 16 and over, Sport Makers aims to inspire over 400 people in Cumbria to get involved and make sport happen with their friends, neighbours or colleagues, with each of them spending at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities.

Sport Makers is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.

Some Sport Makers will become the next walk, jog or cycle leaders, spreading the message of getting Active across Cumbria. Others will support events like Total Warrior, Race for Life and Sport Relief whilst others still will play a crucial role in getting their friends, family and colleagues more active by organising informal running groups, organising a kick-about or a friendly badminton league.

Every Sport Maker will be invited to an informal and interactive workshop where they'll gain the skills and opportunities to get involved in sport in Cumbria.  Sport Makers will be introduced to organisations that need their help, and join forces with others who want to make sport happen locally. There'll also be opportunities to meet top athletes and plenty of incentives to stay involved.

All Sport Makers will:
• Be part of London 2012
• Meet new friends
• Inspire others to be active
• Boost health and fitness
• Enhance CVs
• Log 10 hours, get an exclusive pin badge and go into a draw for Olympic tickets

Becky Underwood, Active Cumbria Sport Makers Lead says, "This is a great opportunity for anyone over 16 to get involved with the 2012 Olympic Legacy in a fun and friendly way.  Anyone who feels inspired to get active, anyone who is already active but thinks they could get their friends, family or colleagues involved too should come along to a workshop or convention.  Any clubs or organisations out there who would like to support the Sport Makers in what they are doing are also invited to come and be part of the 'Deployment Depot'.  The workshops will be inspiring, fun and informal just like our Sport Makers will be, this year, there's more than one way to be a Sporting Hero!"

To get started anyone interested in being a Sport Maker needs to come along to a fun, informal Olympic inspired workshop where every attendee gets FREE Official London 2012 Adidas goodies.  157 people from across Cumbria have already attended workshops and pledged to be Sport Makers at two workshops that have already taken place this month in Barrow and Carlisle and Active Cumbria has organised three more workshops taking place across the County in March:

• Millom 22nd March 6-8pm
• Workington 26th March 6-8pm
• Egremont 29th March 6-8pm

Book your place at www.sportmakers.co.uk

After the workshop it's over to you - how do you want to make sport happen?
Active Cumbria the sport and physical activity partnership will support you with advice, information and resources and after logging 10 hours of encouraging others you may be in with a chance of getting your hands on Olympic Tickets through the ticketshare programme.