OLYMPIC legend Sir Steve Redgrave is calling on Wearsiders to become sporting heroes.
Sir Steve, who won an astonishing five Olympic gold medals for rowing between 1984 and 2000, has joined forces with Tyne and Wear Sport and Sport England to launch Sport Makers, which encourages people to make sport happen.
The new scheme hopes to inspire more than 1,000 people aged 16 and over in the area to get involved by spending at least 10 hours of their time organising or leading sport activities.
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 www.sportmakers.co.uk”
Every Sport Maker will be invited along to an informal and interactive workshop where they’ll gain the skills and opportunities to get involved in sport in Tyne and Wear.
Those taking part will also be introduced to organisations that need their help.
There’ll also be opportunities to meet top professional athletes.
Sport England’s chairman, Richard Lewis, said: “This is a great chance to get involved in making sport happen in Tyne and Wear Sport, 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.”
Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, said that the creation of the scheme will help to strengthen preparations for next year’s London Olympics.
Mr Robertson said: “The volunteers that help out at local sports clubs up and down the country are the foundations of community sport.
“The new Sport Makers initiative is a key part of the London 2012 sports legacy and will help community sports clubs across the country get more people playing sport.”
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