SOUTH Yorkshire residents are being urged to go down to their local sports club and ‘join in’ by organisers of the 2012 Olympics.
Sports chiefs are encouraging everyone to head down to their local club on August 18 and 19 - the weekend after the Olympics finishes and before the paralympics begins.
Launching the scheme, Seb Coe said: “Millions will be inspired by what they witness over the summer and I hope this creates opportunities in every community for people to join in their local sports clubs.”
The ‘Join in Local Sport’ campaign wants to get as many people as possible to turn up, take part and join in with a sports club in their area.
Sports groups in South Yorkshire will be able to use the weekend to promote their club and tell others about the opportunities there are for people to help out, watch or try a new sport.
David Moorcroft, director for Sport at Join in, said: “I’m delighted to be part of ‘Join in’. “Local clubs are where it all begins - from the first time you run round the track, to the person who manages the pitch bookings, to the coach who pushes you to go that little bit further and faster.
“I know the Olympics and Paralympics are going to inspire people to get involved like never before.
‘Join in’ will make sure we don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Join In has set up a website so clubs can register and advertise their events.
See www.joinin.org to sign up and get practical advice about how to make the most of the weekend.
Lord Coe, Chair of London 2012, said: “We are really happy to support the ‘Join in’ project, it is a great idea which means that thousands of people across the UK can turn up and take part in local sports just after the Olympic Games finishes.
“Millions will be inspired by what they witness over the summer and I hope this creates opportunities in every community for people to join in their local sports clubs.”