Press Release

12 October 2011

Sport Makers, a new way to recruit people to make sport happen in Kent, was launched at Polo Farm in Canterbury on Tuesday 11 October.

Students at the Sport Makers launch event
Students at the Sport Makers launch event

Sport Makers aims to inspire more than one thousand people in Kent to get involved, with each of them spending at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities and is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Sir Steve Redgrave, our greatest Olympian, is backing Sport Makers nationally and has joined forces with Sport England and Kent Sport to launch Sport Makers, a programme for everyone who’d like to make sport happen for their friends, neighbours or colleagues.

Sir Steve said: “You don’t need medals to become a sporting hero. By helping people you know to get involved in sport you’ll be doing something amazing for your friends and local community as well as having fun yourself. 

Every Sport Maker will be invited to an informal workshop where they’ll gain the skills and opportunities to get involved. Sport Makers will be introduced to organisations that need their help. There’ll also be opportunities to meet top athletes and plenty of incentives to stay involved.

Over 50% of adults in England say they’d like to play more sport, but many people don’t feel they have the time, money or confidence to get involved in a formal setting (Source: Sport England’s Active People Survey).

Dr Andrew Balsdon, Director of Sport at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: "We recognise the need to get students active during their degree programme and have introduced TrySport as part of the Active University project to get more of them taking part in sport on a regular basis. We hope that Sport Makers will also encourage more students and adults to be sport active."

Tuesday’s launch was welcomed by the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP. He said: “The volunteers that help out at local sports clubs up and down the country are the foundations of community sport. The new Sport Makers initiative is a key part of the London 2012 sports legacy and will help community sports clubs across the country get more people playing sport.

How do I become a Sport Maker?

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Notes to Editor

Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact Stuart Butler, Leadership & Coaching Development Officer, on  01622 605065 or 07921 996312.

Video footage of the launch is available upon request.


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