A nationwide grassroots campaign to capture the once in a lifetime opportunity of hosting the Olympic Games in the UK will see 5,000 events happen across the UK as part of building the sporting and volunteering legacy from London 2012. The campaign will mark the first national sporting weekend of its kind to be put on by a host country in the immediate afterglow of the Games.
Backed by Team GB medal winners past and present, HRH the Duke of Cambridge as well as UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, MP and London 2012 Chairman, Lord Coe KBE. ‘Join In Local Sport’ is an independent charity funded by government with the specific aim of getting as many people as possible to turn up, take part and join in at their local sports facilities on 18th / 19th August - the first weekend after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Sport clubs and communities across the UK have been preparing for the unprecedented enthusiasm for sport that they always knew hosting the Games in the UK would generate. The ‘Join In’ weekend is designed to help capture the spirit of the Games and bring it back to the place it begins for all great champions - their local sports facilities. Enabling clubs to convert this once in a lifetime wave of interest into help, support and membership from their local community.
To find out what events are happening near you, simply go to the Join In website – www.joininuk.org
Over the last three months over 5,000 events have signed up representing every nation and region in the UK, and covering more than three dozen sports, from athletics to swimming, to canoeing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey and karate.
Examples of the events happening in the Buckinghamshire area are:
· Try Tennis for Free at Stony Stratford Tennis Club, Milton Keynes
· Free Fitness and Dance, MK Springers, Milton Keynes
· Martial Arts Taster Session at Park School, Stocklake, Aylesbury
· Bowls – a sport for all, Amersham Bowls Club, Amersham
· Introduction to Karate training, Amersham Dojo, Amersham
· Baseball Club, RAF Daws Hill, High Wycombe
· Family Fun – Give it a go, Burnham Outdoor Gym, Burnham
· Sunday Rugby Funday, Phoenix Rugby Club, Burnham
The former Olympic champions and London 2012 Olympic pundit will tour the length and breadth of Britain aboard the Join in “Battle Bus”, which will stop off to visit events at local sports clubs, encouraging the local community to join in as they go.
The sporting greats will be joined by current Olympians over the weekend as they make surprise appearances, take part in activities, try out a new sports and offer a helping hand to the volunteers to make the ‘Join In’ message as impactful as possible.
His Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge, said:
"We hope that Team GB’s successes will inspire many people to fulfil their potential.”