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New Olympic year, new volunteering opportunities

Thursday 12th January 2012

New Olympic year, new volunteering opportunities

Be inspired by the Olympic Games and help make sport happen in Cornwall!

Fancy giving something back to your community and taking on an exciting new challenge this year? The Olympic-inspired Sport Makers volunteering programme could see you doing just that, with your first opportunity happening next month!

Whether it's planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part - sport doesn't just happen, it needs people to make it happen. Become a Sport Maker and you'll not only get the skills, knowledge and opportunities you need to get more people playing sport, you'll also become a part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports legacy.

The Sport Makers programme aims to inspire over 400 people in Cornwall to get involved in volunteering, with each of them receiving training and spending at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities; it is open to anyone aged 16 and over and is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.

Do you want to do your bit for the Olympics and help more people to play sport locally? The Cornwall Sports Partnership is on hand to help you with your journey and has organised the first training workshop for new Sport Makers on Monday 6 February at Lanhydrock Golf Club from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Be a part of something valuable this year and become a Sport Maker! Register and sign up for the first workshop now at www.sportmakers.co.uk or contact Jackie Lawrence at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323336 / jlawrence@cornwall.gov.uk

Jackie Lawrence, who is leading on Sport Makers in Cornwall, explains: "Every Cornish Sport Maker will be invited to an informal and interactive workshop where they'll gain the skills and opportunities to get involved in sport across the county. They will then be introduced to organisations that need their help, and join forces with others who want to make sport happen locally. There'll also be opportunities to meet top athletes and plenty of incentives to stay involved.

"If anyone is interested in becoming a Sport Maker or in putting forward their organisation to receive the help of a Sport Maker, I would love to hear from them.  I can be contacted on 01872 323336 or jlawrence@cornwall.gov.uk. Alternatively, anyone interested can simply register to become a Sport Maker and book a place on a workshop at www.sportmakers.co.uk".

The programme was launched nationally by Sir Steve Redgrave last year, he commented: "You don't need medals to become a sporting hero. By helping people you know to get involved in sport you'll be doing something amazing for your friends and local community as well as having fun yourself.

"The thing I want to see more than anything is more people out enjoying what sport has to offer, but we need your help to make it happen".

To find out more about Sport Makers in Cornwall, visit: www.sportmakers.co.uk or contact Jackie Lawrence on 01872 323336 / jlawrence@cornwall.gov.uk

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