To build on the success of Games Makers at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, become a Sport Maker!
Sport Makers is a national Sport England programme, delivered locally by the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN), as part of the ‘People Places Play’ Strategy for the legacy of the London 2012 Games.
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. Sport England are recruiting 40,000 Sport Makers aged 16+ to get more people playing sport, building on the legacy of the London 2012 Games Makers and being officially part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports legacy.
Sport Makers aims to make it easy for you to help make sport happen near you – from setting up sport with your mates like fun runs or five a side football, to formally helping out with local sports clubs or events.
Sport Makers can take up a variety of roles in the local community, and there are a number of benefits:
- Gain real-life skills and experiences, which enriches CV
- Chance to get to know and build relationships
- Opportunity to make a difference to sport
- Build confidence and self-esteem
- Opportunity to give something back to sport and / or local community
- Meet new people and make friends
- Opportunity to work as part of a team
- Prize draws throughout the life of the programme
To become a Sport Maker, register online and attend one of our workshops – available to closed groups (like businesses or schools), or open sessions (like the workshop being held in Woodhall Spa on Wednesday 5th December by Double Olympic Cycling Medallist Bryan Steel). Then, start making sport happen! Remember to log your hours online – by logging 10 hours you’ll automatically be entered into a monthly prize draw to win £50.
Lizzie Borrill (Workforce Development Manager)
Tel: 01522 585580
Case Study of Paul McCarthy, a Sport Maker
“What’s my Sport Maker success story? Well…”
“Well…the Laffletic Club’s Mini Olympics has to be the best thing I’ve done so far. We had a day where children from our club, the local Cubs and a local school all entered teams of 6 people. We had sessions for shot put, target throw, endurance running, curling, wheelchair shuttles, boccia and speed jumps. It was interesting to see children that are fully able bodied being put in wheelchairs. It highlighted how difficult life is in a wheelchair and all the children found this more difficult than they thought it would be. They struggled to go in the right direction.
“The adults that were there supporting their children all commented that this was the most interesting aspect as it made them realise what difficulties disabled people have just getting in and out of buildings. Seeing a fully able bodied person struggle in the chair was a real eye opener for them. So from a disability awareness perspective, it hit home exactly where we wanted.
“I’ve been contacted by UK Athletics to see if I would be willing to talk to/help people that are going to do the UKA Level II qualification, as I went through it last year. It would be telling them what to expect, what they need to do, how they can plan for it and looking at their training sessions.”
The Laffletics Club is an adapted sports club for young people of all ages and abilities. The Laffletics Club is held on Saturdays from 10.00 am to 11.30 am at Northgate Sports Hall, Carres Grammar School in Sleaford, Lincs.