Olympics momentum lives on in city's sport
Posted: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:35
The momentum of the London 2012 Olympics lives on in a scheme to encourage more people to get involved in local sport.
Leicester City Council has launched a special 24-hour enquiry service, where members of the council's sports services will respond within 24 hours to anyone wanting to find out where they can try a range of local sports.
The London 2012 Olympics yielded Team GB's best medal haul since 1908 as its athletes gave world-class performances at events including cycling, athletics, sailing and swimming, as well as martial arts including judo, taekwondo and boxing.
The council's 24-hour enquiry service runs from now until the end of the September. People can get in touch by emailing email@example.com and are guaranteed a reply within the following 24 hours.
The move is the latest move by the city council to help build on the spirit of London 2012. A series of weekly sprint events which is being run in parks across the city has already proved hugely popular.
Last week's sprint at Cossington Street recreation ground attracted 70 runners aged from three to 55, and the next session in Victoria Park on Wednesday, August 15, is due to include wheelchair time-trials on the path. It takes place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The scheme also includes free coaching sessions at city venues in the run-up to the sprint grand final on Wednesday, August 29, at Saffron Lane Sports Centre.
In addition, leisure centres across the city have seen an increase in enquiries particularly regarding athletics, table tennis and pitch hire.
Leicester assistant city mayor responsible for heritage, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: "The London 2012 Olympics have really helped showcase the country's best sporting talent, and this 24-hour enquiry service has been launched to make it easier than ever for people to find out more about getting involved in sport.
"There's a huge range of sports on offer in the city, and we hope more people than ever will be inspired by the success of the games and Team GB's athletes to find out more about sports on offer in the city. We might even help inspire local Olympians and Paralympians of the future."
Victoria Ball, of Leicester City Council's sports development unit, added: "There is a sport for everyone in Leicester, whether they are young or old, beginners or people wanting to improve.
"We know it can sometimes be daunting for people who want to make the transition into sport but aren't sure how to do it. This unique service will do all it can to make it easy for people to find a sport which helps them to live healthier and more active lifestyles."
More information is available at: www.leicester.gov.uk/sport