Over 70 people took part in the first Kirklees Sport maker’s convention at Huddersfield University to find out more about being the people who make sport happen.

The Sport Maker programme is a part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy. Inspired by the Games and their values, Sport Makers in Kirklees will be part of an army of 40,000 Sport Makers who will help to create new opportunities for lots more people to play sport.

Sport Makers choose which sports to be involved with and who they want to make sport happen for – friends, colleagues, neighbours or the local community. The whole programme encourages people to become the sort of sporting hero that makes a difference to the lives of other people – and have a good time doing it.

Becoming a Sport Maker is easy and the programme is open to everyone aged 16 and over. Sign up at http://www.sportmakers.co.uk/ contact Ashley Lucas at Kirklees Sports Development Team on 01484 234093 or email Ashley.lucas@kirkles.gov.uk

In Kirklees the next Sport Makers workshops take place  on Tuesday 20th March at St John Fisher’s High School, Dewsbury from  6pm to 9pm and Tuesday 10th July at Batley Town Hall from 6pm to 9pm.

Other workshops are being planned across Kirklees to make the most of the fabulous opportunity to get more people playing and enjoying sport across the district.

The workshops cover what the Sport Maker programme is all about, benefits of being involved and how to make sport happen locally. At the same session participants will get help to work out how to get sport or activity sessions going with friends, colleagues, neighbours or the local community and find opportunities to get involved in making sport happen in your area.

Sport Makers need to complete at least 10 hours of activity and to log their hours in a journal so we can see the difference you are making. Those who complete and log 10 hours of Sport Maker activity will have the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

There are four main types of sport makers:

  • informal (such as getting your mates to kick, throw, catch and run free e.g. Challenge your friends to train for and run a charity 5k)
  • using governing body of sport schemes (for example getting some students and staff to do a “No strings badminton” or “back to netball”)
  • volunteering at sports events or
  • developing  sports clubs by putting on more sessions.
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Sport & Physical Development Team working with the voluntary and community sector to increase capacity. providing the latest information on funding, club support, coach education and news relating to the VCS and Sport.

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