Sporting volunteers on the up

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THE number of people volunteering their time to support sports activities has increased by 4,788 in East Lindsey over the past three years.

Figures released by Sport England show that 9.2 per cent of people from the district now actively volunteer to develop sport in the the area for at least one hour per week. The national average is 7.2 per cent.

East Lindsey District Council has led a number of pioneering programmes to encourage more people to actively volunteer in their local community, particularly to support the delivery of major events, including sport and cultural activities.

Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at the Council, Coun Adam Grist, said: “Volunteering is not only an opportunity for local people to support the local community

“It provides a great chance for the volunteers themselves to develop new skills and work towards coaching qualifications.

“Many people volunteer without realising.

“Whether you’re a parent running the line at a football match on a Sunday morning, an unpaid coach helping to improve a local club or even someone who unlocks their local community hall or changing rooms;,the input from volunteers in our day-to-day lives in invaluable.

“I’d like to thank everyone who gives up so much of their own time to make sport such a great success in East Lindsey,” he added.

With East Lindsey Live being launched in January 2012, the district council hopes to work with more volunteers than ever before next year.

For more details about volunteering, contact James Turner on 01507 601111 or email culture@e-lindsey.gov.uk