On 18th/19th August, the first weekend after the Olympics, Join in Local Sport will encourage the nation to head down to where it starts for every great champion – their local sports club.
The campaign was launched locally at the Overton Recreation Club by Ian Nunn, Cheif Executive of Join In, and an Overton resident, accompanied by Sir George and Graham Devereux.
"I welcome this campaign to generate interest in sport on the back of our success in the Olympics. It is encouraging people to Join in and:
• Sign up to participate in local sport and their community
• Sign up to volunteer and get involved in their local sport clubs and their community
Join in is encouraging every sports club or community group in the UK to put on a special event or activity on the Join in Weekend – capturing the enthusiasm for sport that this summer's sporting events will generate."
Whilst the focus is the Join in weekend, events are taking place from 13th August to 28th August at sports facilities across the UK.
As part of the legacy of the Olympic Games, the long term vision is to:
• encourage people to get involved and make a difference in their community
2 Events in the UK and in the Constituency
Over 4,500 events around the UK are registered with Join in, including the ‘Sport for You’ event at the Overton Recreation Centre on Sunday 19th August from midday to 4pm.
The Join in website www.joininuk.org includes a map showing events in North West Hampshire, but the biggest is likely to be the Overton event.
Other events include: An Introduction to Aikido at the Salto Gym, an Archery Day at Foxcotte Park, a parkrun at Charlton Lakeside all in Andover, as well as a Time Trial Cycle Ride at Farleigh School.
The website also features a ‘Where They Started’ map which logs where every British Olympian since 1896 originates and includes interesting facts and regional trends. The map shows that Hampshire has won 36 Olympic medals, including 4 medals at the 2012 Olympics. That’s 107% higher than average for its population. The medallists are:
• James Foad from Southampton won Bronze for Rowing in the 2012 Olympics.
• Karina Bryant from Aldershot won Bronze for Judo in the 2012 Olympics.
• Danielle King from Southampton won Gold for Cycling Track in the 2012 Olympics.
• Iain Percy from Southampton won Silver for Sailing in the 2012 Olympics.
3 Support behind Join in
About the Charity, funded by Cabinet Office grant
Funded by Cabinet Office grant, Join in is endorsed by the Sports Councils and National Governing Bodies of sport, as well as many local and regional sporting organisations. Join in Local Sport is run by a registered charity, The Join in Trust Limited, which is chaired by Sir Charles Allen - the Mayor of the Olympic Village. Ian Nunn, who lives in Overton, is CEO.
High profile support for Join in
Seb Coe, Chair of London 2012: “We are really happy to support Join in. Millions will be inspired this summer and I hope this creates opportunities in every community for people to Join in their local sports clubs.”
Eddie Izzard www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHOalt__woM&feature=plcp
Jonathan Edwards www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GsT-ND8n-c&feature=plcp
Steve Cram www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmnPKiA2fAg&feature=plcp
Sharron Davies www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_fnT3r8BuI&feature=plcp
Sporting legends answer the question “how many people create an Olympian?” www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxT3G8OSiUQ&feature=plcp
5 How you can get involved
a) Save the date for the 18/19 August and look at www.joininuk.org to find an event near you.
c) Show your support for Join in, by following it on:
• Twitter: www.twitter.com/joininuk
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/joininuk
• Youtube: www.youtube.com/joininuk
7th August 2012
Website screen grab - www.joininuk.org
Facebook screen grab - www.facebook.com/joininuk
Join in Twiter feed - www.twitter.com/joininuk