A volunteer from Leasingham has been named Sport Maker of the Month for completing ten voluntary hours and encouraging more people to be active.
Joan Lawton became a Sport Maker when she supported the Egyptian Paralympic Team during their training camp in Lincolnshire in August 2012. She has since started organising and leading Health Walks in Leasingham and encourages others to take part in more sport.
She recorded ten voluntary hours online in December and was selected as Sport Maker of the Month and winner of the monthly £50 prize draw.
Joan said: “The benefits of being a Sport Maker are great; you get to see people joining in with exercise and activity, and really benefitting from it. We had a gentleman with diabetes who lost lots of weight through regular walks and can now keep up with us at full speed. For me personally, I’m also taking part in more activity and keeping fit.”
Sport Makers is a national Sport England project building on the success of Games Makers at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to make it easy for people across the UK to make sport happen; whether it’s arranging a run with colleagues, a game of badminton with your family, a 5-a-side football tournament with friends, or supporting a sports event or sports club.
Nationally, Sport Makers will encourage 40,000 new sports volunteers by September 2013. In Lincolnshire, more than 500 new volunteers will be recruited to encourage more people to be more active.
Lizzie Borrill, Workforce Development Manager at Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said: “There are so many benefits of being a Sport Maker – many of our younger volunteers agree that the programme has helped to develop skills and build relationships to enhance their personal development, and CVs for future jobs. For our more mature volunteers, Sport Makers is a way to give something back to the local community, meet new people and keep active.”
All Sport Makers who record 10 voluntary hours online will be automatically entered into the prize draw, which will run every month until September 2013.
Alternatively, contact Lizzie Borrill by email or 01522 585 580.