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Sport Makers hits 10,000 as sporting legacy gathers pace

January 23, 2012

Seventeen-year-old Tamara Radford has become the 10,000th person inspired by London 2012 to sign up as a Sport Maker and get others playing sport.

It comes just three months after Sport England launched its search for 40,000 Sport Makers who will make sport happen for their friends, neighbours or colleagues. 

"I'd like to work as a fitness trainer and get young people doing sport," said Tamara, who lives in Binnington, South Yorkshire.  "When I heard about Sport Makers, I thought it be a great way to pick up some new skills and get some experience while having some fun.  

"It's really exciting to be part of something linked to the Olympics and I'm looking forward to going to the workshop next week to find out more."

Every Sport Maker who's signed up is invited to an informal and interactive workshop where they'll gain the skills and opportunities to get involved in sport in their area. 

"I've been really impressed with the early stages of the project and it's great news that 10,000 people have already signed up as Sport Makers," said Sir Steve Redgrave, our greatest Olympian and Sport Makers ambassador.  "It goes to show you don't need medals to become a sporting hero.  The people I've met so far who've become Sport Makers have shown that by helping people you know to get involved in sport you can do something amazing for them as well as having fun at the same time."

Sport England Chair, Richard Lewis, also welcomed the news.  "This is a fantastic result and I am really pleased to see people signing up to make sport happen in their local community.  While this is a great start, I want even more people following Tamara's lead and signing up.

"So if you think you could help, or have your own ideas for getting others involved in sport, please join in as a Sport Maker and become part of the legacy of the London 2012 Games."

Last week also saw another first for Sport Makers with 500 new recruits attending the biggest Sport Maker workshop to date in Leeds.  With Sport Maker ambassadors Adam Whitehead, Daniel Caines and Oliver Dingley on hand to inspire them, they met representatives from clubs and national governing bodies of sport, and tested their newly acquired skills by running a range of sports sessions on the day.

Backed by the British Olympic Association and £4 million of National Lottery funding, 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.

To find out more about Sport Makers, which is open to anyone aged 16 and over, and to sign up, visit www.sportmakers.co.uk