Sport Makers gets Chipping Sodbury Running
Sport Makers is one of the governments key 2012 Legacy programmes aiming to use the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire the next generation of sport volunteers who will help to make sport happen in the West of England.
The programme has been running for four months in the West of England area with over 350 people registered to become a Sport Maker and help get their friends, family and/or colleagues physically active and taking part in sport. Sport Makers are asked to give 10 hours of their valuable time to help make this happen and Wesport are pleased to announce that the first Sport Maker to achieve this is Mike Plows from Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire.
Mike attended a Sport Maker workshop on the 28th November at the University of Bath and it was there where he set off on his journey to get more people taking part in sport.
When asked why he wanted to become a Sport Maker, he said:
‘I wanted to share what I get from getting outside and doing stuff with others; a real sense of achievement’
Mike is a member of his local running club Hogweed Trotters after being a solo runner for over 20 years. It was there where he decided that he would encourage others to join in the running sessions, and has successfully got 10 people involved. The groups experience varied with some being ex runners who want to get back into running and others who have never ran before. The group runs every Wednesday and Friday evening and on Sunday mornings taking a variety of routes through the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside.
When asked what his plans for the group were, he said:
‘My plan is to keep encouraging them and hopefully they will officially join the club, however that is not the most important part, which is that they have fun’
Sarah Casselden, Wesport Workforce Development Officer and Sport Maker lead said:
‘We are very pleased to have our first Sport Maker complete their 10 hours of volunteering. Mike’s story is a great example of how easy it is to become a Sport Maker and the impact that they can have on participation in sport in the West of England area.’
‘I would encourage anyone who wants to help get their friends, family members or colleagues to take part in sport to sign up to Sport Makers and we will give you all the support we can to make this happen.’
For more information about Sport Makers in the West of England please visit www.wesport.org.uk/sportmakers or Telephone: 0117 328 6250.
To sign up and become a Sport Maker please visit www.sportmakers.co.uk. Here you will be able to see the next available workshop that will help you to start your Sport Makers journey.