Olympic sporting link-ups is being sought

SKEGNESS is set to give locals a chance to experience at least one Olympic sport in the summer as part of its commitment to link up with the London 2012 games.

The town has already pledged its support for the project by offering the opportunity to take part in beach volleyball in the summer, but organisers have said that more sports clubs are needed.

The Quest for Gold project allows individuals to experience Olympic and Paralympic sports across Lincolnshire.

But the project is still seeking clubs which can offer athletics, basketball, equestrian, football, gymnastics, shooting and more.

Hanya Pielichaty is sports manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and has developed the Quest for Gold programme.

She said: “This is such a great opportunity for sports clubs and leisure centres to get involved with the 2012 Games.

“The partnership want to make sure that everyone in the county has the chance to take part in Olympic and Paralympic sports in the run up to the Games, and this is a perfect opportunity for clubs to make sure they are part of this.”

Quest for Gold is completely free for sports clubs.

It has been developed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and will be launched next month as one of four legacy projects from the 2012 Games.

Sports clubs will be asked to offer one or more ‘gold sessions’ between the end of April 2011 and July 2012 for free to Quest for Gold participants.

Gold sessions can be bolted on to existing introductory sessions and taster events that are already scheduled in.

In return, sports clubs will be part of the Quest for Gold programme and they will be directly linked to Lincolnshire’s Strategy for the 2012 Games and involved with the Olympic build-up and buzz within Lincolnshire.

They will also get the chance to promote themselves to thousands of participants.

The most actively involved club will also win a prize for their efforts.

For more information contact Hanya on 01522 585 580 or email hanya.pielichaty@lincolnshiresports.co.uk.