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June 11, 2012
As the London 2012 Games fast approaches, there are still plenty of opportunities for people to get involved and be part of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy.
Over the weekend visitors to Westfield London will be able to find out about Sportivate, while all next week Londoners will be able to take part in London Sport Maker Week and find out how they make sport happen in their local community.
From the 11 June, a series of free and interactive Sport Maker events will take place across several of the capital’s finest sporting venues including Wembley, Twickenham and the KIA Oval.
Sport Makers aims to capture the enthusiasm of the Games and give people the opportunities, skills and networks to give something back to their local communities and help get their friends, neighbours or colleagues playing sport.
Londoners already signed up have given over 10,500 hours of their time to make sport happen in their local community, including Adam Stapleton, who found out about the programme through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
“Inspirational – Sport Makers is a great opportunity for Haringey residents to be a real part of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Adam. “I was born in Tottenham and have always lived there so this programme has been a great way to give back and share my love for sport with other people in the area. Through the programme I have had some great experiences too such as meeting Sir Steve Redgrave as well as being invited to the Houses of Parliament to meet my local MP, David Lammey.”
As well as inspiring people to make sport happen, we also want to inspire more 14- to 25-year-olds to find a sport they enjoy.
Sportivate aims to give young people who currently aren’t playing sport in their own time six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice, whether it be a traditional sport like football or a non-traditional sport like handball.
Already 80,000 young people have been encouraged to get into sport through the programme, and this weekend we aim to inspire even more through interactive exhibition at Westfield London shopping Centre.
Visitors will be able to find out about local Sportivate programmes, test their reaction skills on the batak wall, warm up for Wimbledon with a game of Wii tennis or join in one of the sporting activities taking place including fencing, judo, rowing or boxing.
With only 49 days to go until the Games and as the excitement builds, now is the time to get involved and be part of the legacy.