Call to make sport happen

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WEST Suffolk College students have been encouraged to make sport happen in Suffolk after being visited by the Sport Makers programme this month.

Sport Makers is a national Olympic legacy programme aimed at, and working with, adults of 16 and over to support sport across the country.

The programme aims to encourage individuals to organise sport for themselves, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

Sport Makers are asked to commit at least 10 hours of activity into getting more people playing sport, which ideally, will continue into the future.

“We hope the students at West Suffolk College will embrace this opportunity to get involved with the project and bring the Olympic and Paralympic values to life.” said Suffolk organiser, Lindsay Govier, who visited the college.

Involvement could include activitites such as, weekly swimming, football in the park or training for a charity run, such as the Sport Relief Mile, which will take place at the Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Even if Sport Makers do not want to take part themselves, they can help make the sporting activity possible. Many local sports clubs need volunteers for fund-raising, publicity, administration or management.

Big events like cycle races, the Great East Swim or the Olympic Torch Relay, also need volunteers to make sure the event runs smoothly on the day.