Community sports groups across Scotland are being urged to take up the opportunity to be part of the London 2012 legacy by signing up to sported., one of the UK’s leading legacy organisations.
Sir Keith Mills, the Deputy Chairman of LOCOG and founder of sported. made the plea during a visit to a sported. member project in Glasgow, ahead of the Olympic Torch arriving in the city.
sported. was established in 2009 as a result of the legacy promises which Sir Keith and Lord Seb Coe made during the successful London 2012 bid process. One of these promises was to ‘inspire a generation of disadvantaged young people through sport’.
sported., which has the London 2012 Inspire Mark, is already working with more than 1,200 community sports organisations across the UK, many of which operate in hugely deprived and challenging communities.
Through a network of highly skilled volunteer mentors, sported. helps these groups to become more sustainable as well as assisting them to obtain much-needed funding.
sported. began operating in Scotland in March and already has close to a dozen members but Sir Keith is convinced that there are hundreds more organisations in the country who could benefit from sported. support.
“We are delighted by the progress we have made in Scotland in such a short space of time, it demonstrates the high level of demand that there is for our services, but I know that there are many more groups out there who could also benefit and we would love to hear from them,” he said.
sported. research suggests that there could be as many as 10,000 community sports groups in the UK which are operating under the radar of major funders, these organisations all use sport as the hook to engage and educate disadvantaged young people enabling them to develop confidence, motivation and social skills which ultimately leads to more positive young people and communities.
“I have seen first hand just how these groups are changing young people’s lives right across the UK and we are doing all we can to ensure that these groups can continue to deliver their important work but much more needs to be done to provide for this sector, especially if we are to have any impact at all on some of the social issues that this country faces, ” Sir Keith added.
John Heraghty is the sported. manager for Scotland, he is keen to hear from any community sports organisations, from towns and vilages and rural locations, who feel that they could benefit from the organisation’s support.
To find out if your organisation is eligible for sported. support, contact John Heraghty Scotland Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07917 764117.
For more information on sported., the UK’s leading sport for development charity, visit sported.org.uk