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Olympic fever encourages sport take-up

Published: August 18, 2012 | 9:08 am
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People in the Leeds area are being encouraged to get involved with their local sports club following Team GB’s success at the Olympic Games.

An independent charity funded by the Government called “Join In Local Sport” has the aim of getting as many people as possible try sports facilities following the Games’ closing ceremony.

As part of the campaign, sporting icons Daley Thompson, Sharron Davies and Jonathan Edwards have joined forces to complete a cross-country challenge, anchored by broadcaster John Inverdale, to visit as many of these clubs as possible over one weekend.

Their “Battle Bus” will be in Leeds to visit the free, weekly parkrun in Woodhouse Moor. It is an event which was established to increase opportunities for people in the local community to participate and volunteer in running.

Set up in partnership with the University of Leeds, the event brings the community together on a weekly basis, with over 300 people expected to take part alongside our sporting greats. With participants getting the opportunity to take part alongside gold medallist Daley Thompson, and warm down with silver medallist Sharon Davies, the event promises to be as social as it is sporting.

To find out what events are happening near you, simply go to the Join In website and enter you postcode.

We are really happy to support the ‘Join In’ project, it is a great idea that means that thousands of people across the UK can turn up and take part in local sports just after the Olympic Games finishes.

Millions will have been inspired by what they have witnessed over the summer and I hope this creates opportunities in every community for people to join in their local sports clubs.

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