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Young people urged to give sport a go in Olympic legacy push
Three hundred thousand teenagers and young adults to benefit from a new sports programme, inspiring young people to choose sport.
Launched by Sport England earlier today, Sportivate will give 14 to 25-year-olds the chance to receive six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice.
As part of the Places People Play mass participation legacy programme, the £32 million National Lottery-funded project will create opportunities for disabled and non-disabled participants through a number of courses on offer.
To help inspire and motivate the participants, Sport England's Sporting Champions – a team of current and retired elite athletes – will visit Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.
And, as an additional incentive, participants who stick with sport will have the chance to enter a ballot for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic tickets through the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme that are paid for by a levy on hospitality packages. In order to be eligible, participants will need to complete the sports course, missing no more than one session, and then continue to participate in sport for at least three months.
Sportivate is being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers. Visit Sport England’s website to find out more about Sportivate in your area.
Full news release, including details about courses on offer