Dec 30 2011

Search is on for Harrow Residents to make Sport happen

Make sport happen in Harrow and you will receive free kit from Adidas, meet an Olympic star and be in with the chance to win tickets to the 2012 Games.

That’s the promise of a new scheme looking to inspire Sport Makers – volunteers who bring the ball, plan the route or encourage others to take part in sport.

In Olympic year Harrow Council is appealing for more residents to become Sport Makers and inspire others to take up a sport. The Council is staging a special workshop at Harrow Leisure Centre on Monday 16th January (6pm – 9pm) where residents and sports club members can come and find out more.

The Council’s Sport Development Team is working with Sport England to deliver the lottery funded Sport Maker programme, open to anyone over 16 years old. It is about giving individuals or members of sports clubs the skills, knowledge and inspiration they need to get more people playing and enjoying grass roots sport.

After the workshop, Sport Makers need to give just 10 hours of their time to making sport happen to be entered into Olympic tickets prize draw, but the intention is that they continue making sport happen for years to come.

A Sport Makers conference for 16 to 18-year-olds will also be held at Stanmore College on 7th February.

Julie Mellor, Karate instructor at Harrow Karate club, spoke of the benefits of her club signing up to the scheme. She said:

“It’s about creating ambassadors within the community who will get more people trying a range of different sports.

“Clubs like ours rely on volunteers to organise the sessions, spread the word or provide the training so that people of all ages can come and enjoy karate.

“The workshop will be a great way to find out more and I hope to see lots of people there finding out how they can make sport happen in their community.”

Cllr David Perry, portfolio holder for community and cultural services on Harrow Council, said:

“It is really important that as we use the Olympics and Paralympics to inspire more people to play sport, we look after Harrow’s sporting infrastructure too.

“Almost everyone who takes part in grass roots sport in Harrow relies on Sport Makers – the volunteers who drive the car, book the pitch, bring the kit or promote all the different sports on offer across the borough.

“This scheme aims to improve their skills, knowledge and experience, and give them access to both the useful contacts and expertise of the Council’s Sport Development team.

“This is about creating a legacy in Harrow, where the sport makers of today become the sports club leaders of tomorrow.”

Register for the Harrow workshop or find out more at www.sportmakers.co.uk.

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