Keep the Olympic spirit alive

Simon Peacock, who was an Olympics Games Maker
Simon Peacock, who was an Olympics Games Maker

Northamptonshire Sport is offering people in the county the opportunity to become an official sports volunteer.

More than 70,000 volunteers gave up their time to make the Olympic Games a great success and have been described as the ‘Face of the Games’. Now in Northamptonshire, the search is on for the new faces of local sport, dubbed ‘Sport Makers’.

The Olympic Legacy programme, Sport Makers will recruit, train and deploy volunteers to help local sports clubs to expand, support sport participation events or get involved in sport activity programmes.

Sport Makers might also encourage friends, family and colleagues to get more active as a means of inspiring greater participation in sport.

Each potential Sports Maker is invited to attend an inspirational workshop where sports leaders share all the information needed to either promote sport or create events in the community.

Sport Makers take on a range of roles such as leading others, organising activities, promoting sport or guiding new participants to existing sports activities.

The programme is also for anyone that doesn’t want to take up sport but is inspired by London 2012 to get involved and give something back.

Cathy Brown, an Olympics Games Maker from Daventry and a facilitator for the Sport Makers programme, said: “Being a Games Maker was an experience I will never forget. The Games were so well organised, I met some amazing people and I was part of the greatest show on earth.

“Being involved in the Sport Makers programme does mean that now my role at the games has finished I can continue to make a difference to sport in Northamptonshire. Sport Makers provided local people with the opportunity to be part of the Olympic legacy, everyone can make a difference.”

To become a Sport Maker register at www.sportmakers.co.uk and join former England Squash Player Sue Wright at the next Sport Makers workshop on September 13 at Northants County Cricket Ground.