Give sport a go in Derbyshire and help fulfil Olympic legacy

TEENAGERS and young adults across Derbyshire are to benefit from a new sports programme that aims to fulfil the Olympic legacy to inspire young people to choose sport.

Sportivate will give 14 to 25-year-olds the chance to receive six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice.

Launched by Sport England and Derbyshire Sport, the £32 million National Lottery-funded project will help those who aren’t currently playing sport in their own time to get out and give sport a go.

As part of the Places People Play mass participation legacy programme, Sportivate will see 300,000 teenagers and young adults across England completing sports courses over four years.

Thanks to £565,640 of Lottery investment in Derbyshire at least 5,303 local people will be able to take part in activities such as judo, boxing, gymnastics, boccia, Zumba and other fitness-based sessions.

Dozens of clubs, leisure centres, school sport partnerships, schools and colleges across the county will run introductory sports sessions as part of Sportivate.

Planned sessions include the Sportivate Outdoor Adventure Buxton College Project, which will offer students the opportunity to take part in an eight-week taster programme that introduces them to sports such as rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and orienteering.

Cllr Carol Hart, Chair of Derbyshire Sport, said: “The Sportivate sessions will be a chance for teenagers and young adults who are looking forward to London 2012 to try a new sport, and hopefully help them find a new interest or passion.

“Here in Derbyshire we are working hard to ensure that a lasting legacy is created in the county from the Games, and thousands of new young people playing sport through Sportivate will be a fantastic part of that.”

Derbyshire Sport will work with local providers and sports clubs to help 14 to 25-year-olds in Derbyshire to continue playing sport long after they have completed the course.

As an additional incentive, teenagers and young adults who stick with sport will have the chance to enter a ballot for free London 2012 tickets. Sport England has hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic tickets available for Sportivate participants via the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative.

In order to be eligible for London 2012 Ticketshare, participants will need to complete the sports course, missing no more than one session, and then continue to participate in sport for at least three months.