Thousands of Lincs youngsters inspired to take up sport through Olympics initiative

MORE than 2,000 young people in Lincolnshire have been inspired to do sport in their own time in the first year of Sport England’s Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative.

Responding to the legacy pledge made by Lord Coe in Singapore in 2005, Sportivate is aimed at 14 to 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.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “We’re delighted that so many young people in Lincolnshire 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.”

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is running Sportivate in all seven districts of the county, including Rowing in Boston, Dance in Lincoln, Climbing in North Kesteven, Badminton in East Lindsey, Swimming in South Holland, Cricket in West Lindsey and Squash in South Kesteven.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People’s Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “We have had a great first year of the programme and look to do even better for the second year.

“We want to continue to see an increase in sports opportunities for young people in Lincolnshire as a result of Sportivate funding.”

The first year ran from July 2011 to March 2012, with the second year beginning from April to March 2013.

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 via the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative.

To help inspire and motivate the participants, Sporting Champions - a team of current and retired elite athletes – are visiting Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.

For more information, visit www.lincolnshiresports.com/sportivate or call Lucy on 01522 585 580.