Ribble Valley residents can join Olympic legacy

SPORTING CHANCE: Tom Bamber (left) and David Dewhurst.
SPORTING CHANCE: Tom Bamber (left) and David Dewhurst.
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RIBBLE Valley residents looking to learn new skills, boost their CVs and join the Olympic legacy are being invited to join a sports volunteering scheme

Ribble Valley Borough Council is helping to recruit sports volunteers as part of the Lancashire-wide Sport Makers scheme. It aims to recruit more than 1,000 “sport makers” across the county to lead sports groups in their workplace or community.

A free Sport Makers workshop will take place in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber on Tuesday, February 21st, from 6 to 8 p.m., with the chance for participants who subsequently undertake 10 hours of volunteering to win Olympic and Paralympic tickets.

Tom Bamber, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s sports development officer, said: “Sport doesn’t just happen, it needs people to make it happen, and Sport Makers is offering residents the opportunity to learn new skills, boost their CVs, contribute something to the community and join the Olympic legacy by becoming a sports volunteer.

“Sport Makers also offers clubs the opportunity to sign up for much-needed manpower in coaching and administration.”

David Dewhurst, of Longridge, started volunteering at the town’s Freedom Fitness Room in 2008, while studying for a degree in sports coaching.

He said: “Volunteering has given me a wide range of skills, particularly inter-personal, and has been very rewarding, culminating in a trip with youngsters from St Cecilia’s High School in Longridge to an international youth football tournament in Denmark.

“Thanks to my volunteering, I am now undertaking paid sports coaching work and studying for a masters degree in sports coaching.”

Further details about Sport Makers are available from Lancashire Sport at www.lancashiresport.or.uk or from Tom Bamber on 01200 414553.