Sportivate Boosts the Confidence of Young People in North Somerset
Sportivate is a nationwide campaign that will capture the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by providing opportunities for teenagers and young adults (aged 14-25) to receive coaching in a sport of their choice and guide them into regular participation within their community.
Three very targeted Sportivate projects have been organised by North Somerset’s Sport & Active Lifestyles Team during year 1 of the programme. The projects that took place were archery with CrossRoads Young Carers at Weston Rugby Club, Breakthrough Extra that is providing positive activities for a specific group of boys at Hans Price Academy and multi sports for young people on the autism spectrum. The multi sport project engaged a group of boys who had the opportunity to try a variety of sports in a supportive environment.
One mum said:
‘The activities enabled my son to take part in age appropriate activities at a local facility, with support. This enabled him to grow in confidence trying out new sports in a supportive non-competitive environment. This also increased his opportunity to take part in sport rather than his usual activities of computer, computer, computer.’
Sarah Mcleod Wesport Sportivate Lead said:
‘These projects are a great example of how Sportivate funding can be used to engage a specific target group of participants. Sportivate funding has been used to make localised sporting opportunities really accessible to groups of young people who wouldn’t otherwise have taken part.’
Please visit: www.wesport.org.uk/sportivate.
Project Officer (Sportivate, Coaching & 2012)
Direct Tel: 0117 328 6265