Join In Local Sports weekend– August 18th / 19th 2012
Sport clubs across the UK know that London 2012 will generate unprecedented enthusiasm for sport in the UK. The ‘Join in’ weekend will capture that enthusiasm and bring it back to the place it begins for all great champions – their local sports facilities.
The ‘Join in’ weekend will enable clubs to convert this once in a lifetime wave of interest into a sustainable future of help, support and membership from their local community.
David Moorcroft, Director for Sport at ‘Join in’, said:
“I’m delighted to be part of ‘Join in’. Local clubs are where it all begins: from the first time you run round the track, to the person who manages the pitch bookings, to the coach who pushes you to go that little bit further and faster.
“I know the Olympics and Paralympics are going to inspire people to get involved like never before. ‘Join in’ will make sure we don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
‘Join in’ is building a website which provides a place for clubs to register and advertise their event, where they will find practical advice to help them make the most of the weekend.
Before and during Games time, the ‘Join in’ team will use every marketing and social media technique available to encourage everyone to offer support to their local groups on the weekend of 18th and 19th August.
Over the last few weeks, ‘Join in’ has been meeting with representatives of sports councils across the regions and nations of the UK, and we have been delighted with the support we have already received for this project.
Phil Smith, Director of Sport, Sport England, said:
“The ‘Join in’ weekend is a great opportunity for sports clubs to showcase their work and get new people involved in all aspects of their activities. ‘Join in’ will give clubs a great platform to harness people’s enthusiasm for sport during a home Games.”
Dr Huw Jones, Chief Executive of Sport Wales, said:
“The ‘Join in’ weekend is a great opportunity for sports clubs to showcase their work and get new people involved. In Wales, we are committed to getting every child hooked on sport for life and that means we need more clubs to put on taster days, come and try sessions and so on. I’d urge clubs and organisations to sign up and get involved.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of Sport Scotland, said:
“I’m delighted the ‘Join in’ weekend could provide an opportunity for sports clubs across Scotland the chance to showcase the many opportunities there are to get involved at a community level. We want to make sure that this fantastic summer of sport gives a real boost to grassroots activity.”
Eamonn McCartan, Chief Executive, Sport Northern Ireland, said:
"We know that the Olympics and Paralympics will generate an unprecedented enthusiasm for sport. The 'Join In' weekend is an a fantastic opportunity for sports clubs in Northern Ireland to make sure we harness that enthusiasm for sport for the future."
London 2012 have also welcomed the work that ‘Join In Local Sport’ is doing.
Seb Coe, Chair of London 2012, said:
“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 be inspired by what they witness over the summer and I hope this creates opportunities in every community for people to join in their local sports clubs.”
Tim Reddish, President and Chairman of the British Paralympic Association, welcomed the creation of the ‘Join in’ weekend saying:
“This summer is going to see the most high-profile Paralympics there has been and I’m delighted that ‘Join in’ is determined to see there is a real focus on engaging people with disabilities in sport.
“We want to see people of all abilities using this weekend to get involved in playing, supporting or coaching sport.”
‘Join In Local Sport’ is a not for profit company, initially funded by government grant.
Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society at the Cabinet Office, said:
“We are delighted to support the ‘Join In’ project. We believe that it is a great opportunity to tap into the Olympic spirit and inspire lots of people to get involved with their local sports clubs.”
For more information please visit: www.joininuk.org.