More than 1,200 young people in Derbyshire have been inspired to take part in sport in their own time in the first six months of Sport England’s Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative.
Responding to the legacy pledge made by Seb Coe in Singapore in 2005, Sportivate is aimed at 14-25-year-olds who currently aren’t playing sport in their own time, giving 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.
Derbyshire Sport is managing Sportivate in the county. Sessions locally include Sportivate StreetGames in Matlock.
Sessions are delivered by Derbyshire Dales District Council coaches, in partnership with the Derbyshire Dales CVS, with activities such as football, martial arts and dance on offer.
Since April 2011, more than 700 attendances have been recorded, and a number of young volunteers have been trained to help to deliver the sports sessions to make them more sustainable.
Cllr Carol Hart, chairman of Derbyshire Sport, said: “In Derbyshire, we are passionate about creating a legacy from the 2012 Games, and Sportivate is one of the many ways that this is being achieved.
“Sportivate sessions are being run by a variety of partners including local authorities, sports clubs, disability sport networks, schools and colleges, with a range of sports on offer to ensure that there is something for everyone.
“It is fantastic that so many young people in Derbyshire have already taken part.”
All those who complete a sports course, missing no more than one session, and then continue to play sport for at least three months will have the chance to enter a ballot for free London 2012 tickets.
Sport England has hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic tickets available for Sportivate participants via the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative.
Sport England’s chairman Richard Lewis, said: “We’re delighted that so many young people in Derbyshire have been inspired to get involved in sport through Sportivate. This is what the Olympic and Paralympic legacy is all about and it’s fantastic to hear about all those finding a new passion for sport.”
As part of the Places People Play official Olympic legacy programme, the National Lottery-funded Sportivate will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people over four years.
To help inspire and motivate the participants, our Sporting Champions - a team of current and retired elite athletes – are visiting Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.