News Date: Friday 27th July 2012
Local MP urges local sports clubs to sign up for the ‘Join in’ weekend to seize once in a lifetime opportunity of the Olympics
18th/ 19th August 2012, the first weekend after the Olympics and before the Paralympics, will be the weekend to turn up, take part, join in and support your local sports clubs
Seb Coe: “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 Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, today called on local sports clubs to sign up for a new project designed to get hundreds of thousands of people across the UK to join in local sport during a weekend that will give an Olympic and Paralympic boost to sports clubs across the whole of the UK.
The ‘Join In Weekend’ has been established with the specific aim of getting as many people as possible who have been Inspired by London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to turn up, take part and join in at their local sports facilities on 18th / 19th August – the first weekend between the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Local sports groups will be able to take advantage of this unique moment, creating a shop window within their community for the opportunities there are for people inspired by the Games to help out, give time, support, watch or play sport.
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.
Tim said: “Every great champion started at their local sports facilities. I want to make sure that the local clubs here in Ourtown make the most of the once in a lifetime opportunity the games provides to get local people involved in whatever capacity, whether as players or coaches, drivers or tea makers.
“The ‘Join In Weekend’ is a great platform for clubs to harness the enthusiasm London 2012 and make sure they get the local community engaged. I hope clubs here in Ourtown will sign up at www.joininuk.org and really enjoy the opportunity of 18th/19th August.”
‘Join In Local Sport’ has built a website – www.joininuk.org – 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.
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.”
‘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 Weekend’. 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.”