Follow in the footsteps of Olympic heroes

Pupils from Kettering schools taking part in the School Games last month
Pupils from Kettering schools taking part in the School Games last month

The London 2012 Olympics have drawn to a spectacular close, and the nation has witnessed Team GB’s most successful Games since 1908.

The home crowd lifted our own competitors and London 2012 has created a marvellous spectacle which we will be talking about for a long time to come.

And we are feeling the Olympics effect across the county.

The live screen event in Beckett’s Park, Northampton, has brought the magic of the Olympics to our doorsteps and provided the chance to have a go at a full range of sports from basketball to boxing.

If your children have been inspired by the Games and been using the sofa as a trampoline or the hall as a racing track, Northamptonshire Sport can help you find the right club, facilities or even help you arrange some sports in your local community.

Northamptonshire Sport is a county sports partnership with the ambition of making Northamptonshire a fitter county.

It can provide sport coaching to clubs and schools and also offers support and training to aspiring coaches.

The partnership can also guide you to National Lottery Funding available to sports organisations so you can update your sports facilities or create new sporting opportunities for people in the local community.

To help your child take their first step into their chosen sport you can search through Northamptonshire Sport’s Club Directory which is guaranteed to only offer Club Mark accredited organisations to ensure the standard of sports coaching.

This weekend, August 18 and 19, is Join In Weekend where clubs across the county are opening their doors for sports taster sessions.

Search for events near you, and make the most of this summer of sport.