Five-time Olympic Gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave recently unveiled a new way for people to become sporting heroes in Nottinghamshire.
Sir Steve, one of our greatest Olympians, joined forces with Sport England and Nottinghamshire County Council 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.
"The thing I want to see more than anything is more people out enjoying what sport has to offer, but we need your help to make it happen.
"So why not take your first step to becoming a sporting hero and visit sportmakers.co.uk.”
Sport Makers aims to inspire 1,000 people in Nottinghamshire to get involved, with each of them spending at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities. It is open to anyone aged 16 and over.
Coun John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Community and Culture at Nottinghamshire County Council said: "Sport Makers is a fantastic opportunity to promote the value of sport and to get involved, and we are delighted to be working with Sport England on this campaign in Nottinghamshire.”
Sport Makers is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of last year's home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.
The various sorts of activities which count towards Sport Makers include regular volunteering, project volunteering, support work at one off events such as the Great Notts Bike Ride and informal volunteering in the community promoting sport.
As part of the Sports Makers campaign, Nottinghamshire County Council and colleagues from a range of partners are hoping to recruit Sport Makers over the next year.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: "This is a great chance to get involved in making sport happen in Nottinghamshire, whether that’s planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging others to take part. So, if you think you could help, or have your own ideas for getting others involved in sport, please join in as a Sport Maker and become part of the legacy of the London 2012 Games.”
For more details about Sport Makers, or to sign up and become a Sport Maker, visit the website: www.sportmakers.co.uk