Thousands of London schoolchildren will be given the chance to participate in Olympic-themed sporting activities on March 22 thanks to 100 newly trained coaches, referees and officials. A true showcase of the 2012 Games grassroots sporting legacy comes to the capital.
SkillsActive, which manages the Mayor’s Sports Legacy Fund, a programme that aims to increase the number of Londoners working and volunteering in the sports sector, is co-hosting the third annual Fitter Schools Games Legacy event in partnership with Fit for Sport, the UK's Leading Healthy Lifestyle Activities Provider.
More than 1,500 children from eight London schools will attend the event, enjoy a range of activities and learn about healthy lifestyles.
The Mayor’s Sports Legacy Fund hopes to create a grassroots sporting legacy from the 2012 Games. Project manager, Katie Couchman says: “Thanks to the Mayor’s Sport’s Legacy Fund, more than 10,000 Londoners have gained new skills and are now supporting people in their local communities – like the children at this event - to get involved, and stay involved, in sport. I’m delighted we can support the Fitter Schools Games Legacy event in such a practical way, and help young people learn the value of a healthy, active lifestyle.”
Fit for Sport CEO and Founder, Dean Horridge says: “Fit for Sport is committed to engaging more young people in the 2012 Games, through participation. We hope this event demonstrates that, with a little effort and commitment, thousands of young people can be given the chance to participate in sport – developing a lasting legacy from the 2012 Games.”
The event will be delivered by Fit for Sport Healthy Activity Lifestyle Educators and 100 volunteers who have received subsidised training through the Mayor’s Sport’s Legacy Fund in areas such as coaching, officiating and refereeing.
Interested Londoners can apply online for up to 75% off the cost of nationally recognised qualifications in areas such as coaching and officiating, community sport, volunteering, leisure and health, in exchange for volunteering hours.
To find out more about the Mayor’s Sports Legacy Fund and the range of discounted training on offer please visit www.skillsactive.com/mayorslegacy