Sheffield fitness scheme hailed a success

Paralympic silver medallist Will Bayley at a Sportivate session
Paralympic silver medallist Will Bayley at a Sportivate session
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A scheme launched in Sheffield to inspire hundreds of inactive people to take part in sport has been hailed a success.

Get Sheffield Fit, run by Sheffield International Venues, has helped get 620 young people involved a range of new sports since launching in the city 10 months ago.

Part of the £32 million National Lottery ‘Sportivate’ programme, it has also seen more than 500 young people aged 11 to 25 years old retained in physical activity for at least eight weeks.

More than 40 per cent are still engaged in activity at SIV venues, whilst many more have moved into local clubs.

The Sport England scheme is delivered by SIV in partnership with South Yorkshire Sport and Activity Sheffield as part of the Places, People Play London 2012 Games Legacy Initiative.

It aims to get people in Sheffield participating and retained in a wide range of sports including ice skating, ice hockey, freestyle trampolining and gymnastics, boxing, badminton, athletics, swimming and the gym.

People aged between 11 and 25 can sign up for eight weeks of one-to-one coaching.

Steve Brailey, chief executive of SIV, said: “Get Sheffield Fit is a huge success story for the city. When we launched the scheme with our partners back in May 2013, we set out to get 400 inactive Sheffield people participating in sport, so we are delighted to have well and truly beaten this target.

“What’s particularly pleasing though is that we have also retained these young people beyond the Get Sheffield Fit project in lessons and sessions at our own venues or local clubs across Sheffield.

Visit //getsheffieldfit.co.uk to find out more.