Sportivate inspires county’s youngsters

HUNDREDS of young people in Nottinghamshire have been inspired to do sport in their own time in the first six months of Sport England’s Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative.

Responding to the legacy pledge made by Seb 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.

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.

Ken Pollard, business development manager at Sport Nottinghamshire said: “We hope that this initiative will encourage and motivate youngsters to get involved ahead of the 2012 Games.

“With many young people dropping out of sport in their teens and early 20s, we need to motivate them to give a sport another go or to try something completely new.”

Sport England has hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic tickets available for Sportivate participants via the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative.

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

As part of the Places People Play official Olympic legacy programme, the National Lottery-funded Sportivate will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people over four years.

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