Teenagers and young adults across East Staffordshire are reaping the benefits from a sports programme that aims to fulfil the London 2012 Games legacy to ‘inspire young people to choose sport’.
Sportivate is a £32 million Lottery programme that gives 14-25 year olds who aren’t playing sport in their own time, access to six-week courses to give them the chance to find a sport they enjoy. The young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can keep taking part.
As part of the Places People Play mass participation legacy programme, Sportivate will see hundreds of thousands of teenagers and young adults across England completing sports courses over four years.
To help inspire and motivate the participants, our Sporting Champions - a team of current and retired elite athletes, many of whom competed at London 2012 - will visit Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.
Sue Smith, Sporting Champion, England footballer said: “I’m really excited to have been invited to come along to the Sportivate East Staffordshire women’s football project being run at Shobnall Leisure Complex. It provides each and everyone attending with a fantastic opportunity to play football socially and for those players who haven’t played for a few years gives them a great way to get back into playing and provides them with links to suitable teams.
“I hope that I can use my experiences in competing at elite level, to inspire young people and encourage them to get into sport.
“Sportivate helps create a lasting participation legacy from London 2012. It’s a brilliant way to provide lots of young adults with lots of opportunities to have a go at and take up a wide range of sports. For me this is a real privilege to be able to support such programmes here in East Staffordshire.”
Councillor Bernard Peters, Deputy Leader for Service Commissioning, said: “The Council has had a long, successful relationship with Sport England and as a result is able to offer a variety of sporting activities as part of our Olympic legacy programmes and commitment to the health and well being of our residents.”