Championing Lincolnshire is an online magazine celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and its impact within Lincolnshire.
Developed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and the Lincoln School of Journalism at the University of Lincoln, it forms part of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership’s Legacy Strategy for the 2012 Games.

23 April 2013
 
Health Walks are FREE organised walks in rural areas and towns, led by volunteer walk leaders and funded by Public Health Lincolnshire. Walks are suitable for beginners lasting between 45 minutes and one hour. They take place at various times of the day, throughout all districts in Lincolnshire. Walking is a great way to meet new people, get some fresh air and gentle exercise. There’s no need to book ahead, just turn up wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. Everyone is welcome. Walks are delivered by the District Councils and supported by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership
 
Sarah Clarke, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said:
‘We are very fortunate to have lots of support from Public Health Lincolnshire, who sponsor over 70 weekly walks as part of the Walking for Health Initiative. Extras are being put on to support Get Walking Week, and we hope to see record numbers of people turning up to take part‘
 
Dr. Bird, GP and founder of Health Walks, said: “If you want to do physical activity for the first time, walking is the ideal solution, and there will be a health walk very near where you are.”
 
South Holland
Contact Ed Topham Clark – 01406 366 900
Monday
Spalding Health Walk | South Holland Centre | Every Monday | 10.45am
Tuesday
Donington Health Walk | Ruby Hunt Centre | Every Tuesday | 10.30am
Wednesday
Crowland Health Walk | Crowland Library | Every Wednesday | 10.45am
Thursday
Holbeach Health Walk | Holbeach Library | Every Thursday | 10.45am
Sutton St James Health Walk | Sutton St James Village Hall | Every Thursday | 11.00am
Friday
Long Sutton Health Walk | Long Sutton Library | Every Friday | 10.45am
To find out more information about walks in your area, visit www.lincolnshiresports.com/healthwalks.
 

14 February 2013

Fancy training to be a British Cycling Ride Leader?
 
Do you love cycling for fun? Are you passionate about getting your local community on a bike?

As part of Access LN6 – Lincolnshire County Council’s £6.5million programme to improve sustainable transport options in the LN6 area, Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is now working with British Cycling and is looking for 30 ride leaders to be trained to deliver 50 local Sky Rides in the Lincoln area.

Sarah Clarke, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “We are very pleased to be working with British Cycling to encourage more people to get on their bikes in 2012 and 2013. Sky Rides are a great opportunity to explore your community and enjoy the outdoors. Look out for free led rides that will be taking place between June and September.”

As a ride leader, you don’t need to be a cycling expert, just be confident riding in groups and have heaps of enthusiasm. You need to love encouraging others and be happy to operate as one member of a team.

The British Cycling assessed one-day course qualifies you to deliver led rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children. The training date for Lincoln has been set for Saturday 27th April 2013.

In addition to free training, a ride leader will receive a branded jacket and jersey, British Cycling Ride membership, payment for leading and assisting on rides and access to other goodies.

All Sky Ride Leaders will need to be flexible with their weekend availability over the year and commit to leading on no less than four weekends during 2013. 
If you are a confident, recreational cyclist who would like to train as a Ride Leader, and if you live locally and can commit to leading rides, then get in touch at skyride@britishcycling.org.uk 

Further information can be found at www.goskyride.com.
 
 


4 October













Volunteer Health Walk Leaders from across Lincolnshire recognised at Giant Tea Party celebration

More than 350 walkers descended on Whisby Nature Park last week (Tuesday 2nd October 2012) to take part in the first Health Walks Giant Tea Party in Lincolnshire.

Volunteer walk leaders and committed walkers took part in a one mile, two mile or three mile walk around the nature park at Thorpe-on-the-Hill near Lincoln, followed by a celebration event at Jocasta’s.

Members from some of the 70 health walks taking place across Lincolnshire enjoyed tea and coffee, line dancing and performances from Vitality, and the chance to talk to walkers from other areas of the county.

Sue Ellison, a walker from Grantham, said: “What a wonderful way to celebrate Health Walks in Lincolnshire. It was a great way to meet the rest of the county’s walk leaders, and see all of the other walkers here today.”

This year alone, 800 people have joined walks across Lincolnshire, and with more than 2,000 people walking so far this year, health walks have never been more popular.

Jackie and Mick Core from Wigtoft moved to Lincolnshire last year and joined the Boston and Kirton walking groups to meet new people. They said: “Since joining the walking group we have found a whole new social life, and they benefit our health, too. The walks are interesting because you get to see the different areas around your town.”

As part of the celebration, each Lincolnshire district nominated one person to receive a certificate and gift from Dr Tony Hill, Director of Public Health for Lincolnshire.

Those nominated included Kath and Terry Walters, members of the East Lindsey Heart Support Group, Sarah Gander from South Holland who leads three groups, Shirley Croston from Boston who leads three walks each week, and Paul Frodsham from Lincoln who become a walk leader 10 years ago, and has been encouraging people to take part ever since.

Sarah Clarke, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “The Giant Tea Party was a great way to recognise and celebrate 350 of Lincolnshire’s most committed walkers. Everyone had a really great day; we’ve had positive feedback from the walkers, walk leaders and other guests at the event. We hope that people will be encouraged to keep being active and perhaps even inspire others to start walking.”

Representatives from Macmillan and the Ramblers travelled from London to join the celebrations, and GP Dr. William Bird, who founded Health Walks in Oxfordshire, came to thank volunteers for their continued support and reminded them that they are saving lives.

Dr. Bird said: “If you’re wanting to do physical activity for the first time, walking is the ideal solution, and there will be a health walk very near where you are.”

Health Walks are funded by Public Health as part of the health improvement agenda in Lincolnshire. The Giant Tea Party event was organised by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and sponsored by Public Health.

To find out more information about walks in your area, visit www.lincolnshiresports.com/healthwalks.

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Contact:

Sara Ginty
Press Officer
Lincolnshire Sports Partnership

Tel: 01522 585 580
Mob: 07984 881 712

Email: sara.ginty@lincolnshiresports.co.uk

Website: www.lincolnshiresports.com
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/lincssports

 

28 September
 

New Chairman for Lincolnshire Sports Partnership

Barrie Pierpoint hands over to Lincolnshire Sport Partnership's new Chairman, Jon Grubb.
 


 




27 September


Athletes can still apply for LEAP 2013 funding

Applications for the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) 2013 are still open.

Sportsmen and women from Lincolnshire, who are competing at County, Regional, National or International level, are encouraged to apply for the programme for funding and support throughout 2013.

Working with a variety of partners, including Lincolnshire County Council, District Councils and Corporate Club organisations, LEAP supports 50 athletes each year.
The benefits include support with funding, mentoring, promotion and marketing, support through Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy company CS-SMART, opportunities to attend training courses and a performance camp with double Olympic medalist Bryan Steel.
Rachel Belcher, LEAP Project Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “This year, we have funded 50 athletes and donated nearly £20,000 to sportsmen and women across Lincolnshire. We want as many athletes as possible to apply for the programme.”

An application form for LEAP 2013 is available to download from http://lincolnshiresports.com/sport/lincolnshire-elite-athlete-programme.

The deadline to apply is Friday 5th October 2012. Alternatively, call Lucy or Rachel on 01522 585 580 for more information.
 











 


 

16 August

Its Sports Awards time again, and this year we have the usual two categories for physical activity running. Please encourage nominations from all walks of life. Anyone can nominate and it would be fantastic to see some new groups and organisations involved.

AWARDS CRITERIA

Sportsman / Sportswoman of the Year • Aged over 18 on the 17th November 2011
• Have displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement at district, county, regional, national or international level.
Young Sportsman/ Young Sportswoman of the Year • Aged under 18 on the 17th November 2011
• Have displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement at district, county, regional, national or international level.
Veteran Sportsperson of the Year • Competing at a Veteran level applicable to their sport
• Have displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement at district, county, regional, national or international level.
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year • Aged over 18 on the 17th November 2011
• Have displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement at district, county, regional, national or international level.
Young Disabled Sportsperson of the Year • Aged under 18 on the 17th November 2011
• Have displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement at district, county, regional, national or international level.
Coach of the Year • A coach who has made a major contribution to the lives of people through their coaching.
Sports Club of the Year • Made a substantial contribution to the local community
• Must have achieved or be working towards Clubmark or similar club accreditation and have good school/ community links.
Sports Volunteer of the Year • Have made an outstanding contribution to sport as an official, administrator or volunteer.
Sports Educator of the Year • An individual who has made an outstanding contribution to school and higher education sport, through teaching, coaching, organising or administration
County Sports Organisation Award • Made to the sports organisation who has made a sustainable impact in Lincolnshire in the last year
Lifetime Achievement Award • Aged over 50 on the 17th November 2010
• Have made an outstanding contribution to sport in Lincolnshire for 25 years plus.
Contribution to Physical Activity Award • Has made an outstanding contribution to physical activity as an administrator, official or volunteer.
Active for Health Award • An individual who has used physical activity to make a positive difference in their life over the past 12 months.
• Show determination & possibly overcome challenging circumstances to achieve a personal goal.

 

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16 August

Summer Inclusive Activities Pack

Children and adults with a disability are encouraged to request a free summer inclusive activities pack from Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.
The information pack contains a DVD with more than 20 short videos about sports and activities across Lincolnshire, leaflets and pamphlets for a variety of programmes and an information booklet and key contacts from Short Breaks at Lincolnshire County Council.
The pack has been developed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership with support from NHS Lincolnshire and Short Breaks at Lincolnshire County Council.
To request your free pack, text your name and address to 07984 881 712 and we'll send out a pack the same day.


13 August

Train with Egyptian Paralympic Team

People are invited to train with the Egyptian Paralympic Team next week.

In preparation for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, a team of 40 athletes will train at four venues across Lincolnshire in Athletics, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball and Table Tennis.
Community training sessions will be held throughout the week for children, adults, families, groups and clubs to meet the potential medalists and train alongside the elite athletes in their sport.

The sessions will take place on Monday 20th August, 12noon – 1pm for sitting volleyball and table tennis at the University of Lincoln and Tuesday 21st August, 12noon – 1pm for athletics at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston.
A meet and greet will also take place on Wednesday 22nd August, 3.30 – 4.30pm at the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth, with the Egyptian powerlifting team.

Councillor Doreen Stephenson, Lincolnshire Champion for the London 2012 Games and Leader of East Lindsey District Council, said:
“This is a great opportunity for local communities to get involved with the London 2012 Paralympic Games. We are very privileged to welcome the Egyptian Paralympic Team to our county, and I hope that these open training sessions are well attended with people inspired by the Games so far.”


3 August 2012

Knitting for All in Weston

The group starts on 23 August at Park Court Community Centre in Weston and costs just £2 each including refreshments. It will run every week between 2:00 – 4:00pm. To get involved, just come along to the Community Centre on the 23rd August or for more information, call Wilhelmiena on 01733 210291 or Sam on 01522 585580.

If you would like to set up a group in your local area call Sam on 01522 585580.


30 July

New Ladies Rounders League in the Spalding Area

Ladies in the Spalding area are being encouraged to join the rounders league running from August – September.

The sessions start on Thursday 2nd August 2012 and the league will start a few weeks later; giving ladies the chance to have a go at the sport before committing to a league.

The first session in Spalding will be on Thursday 2nd August at Glen Park, Surfleet, starting at 7.00pm, and will run every Thursday. Anyone aged 16 plus is welcome to join.

If would like more details on the taster sessions or the league, please contact Rachel on 01522 585 580 or Rachel.belcher@lincolnshiresports.co.uk


13 July

Athletes can apply now for LEAP 2013 funding

Applications for the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) 2013 are now open.

Sportsmen and women from Lincolnshire, who are competing at County, Regional, National or International level, are encouraged to apply for the programme for funding and support throughout 2013.

Working with a variety of partners, including Lincolnshire County Council, District Councils and Corporate Club organisations, LEAP supports 50 athletes each year.

The benefits include support with funding, mentoring, promotion and marketing, support through Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy company CS-SMART, opportunities to attend training courses and a performance camp with double Olympic medalist Bryan Steel.

Rachel Belcher, LEAP Project Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “This year, we have funded 50 athletes and donated nearly £20,000 to sportsmen and women across Lincolnshire. We want as many athletes as possible to apply for the programme.”

An application form for LEAP 2013 is available to download from http://lincolnshiresports.com/sport/lincolnshire-elite-athlete-programme.

The deadline to apply is Friday 5th October 2012. Alternatively, call Lucy or Rachel on 01522 585 580 for more information.


11 July

Rounders Ladies National Clubs Tournament

Ladies’ rounders teams are being encouraged to enter the Rounders Ladies National Clubs Tournament taking place in August.

The tournament will take place on Saturday 18th August 2012 at Lincoln Ravendale Sports Ground. Registration is at 10.30am with the competition starting at 11.00am and finishing by 4.00pm (approx).

All teams must be members of Rounders England. To enter the competition, please contact the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership office on 01522 585580 and request an entry form.

Entries are £25 and cheques should be made payable to Rounders England Ltd.

For more information, log on to www.roundersengland.co.uk


3 July

Free Marketing workshop for sport clubs

Sports clubs in Lincolnshire are encouraged to come along to a free Marketing workshop this month.

The workshop, which is being run by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, will help clubs and organisations advertise and attract young people into their club.

Led by leading Sports Marketing consultant Fiona Green, topics will cover an introduction to social media, targeting the right target audience, ideas for events and fundraising and other areas.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “The workshop is an excellent opportunity for sports clubs to learn how to market themselves better. With an exciting summer of sport ahead, now is the perfect time for clubs to inspire young people to take up sport.”

The workshop will be held at the Carre Arms Hotel in Sleaford on Tuesday 24th July from 6pm – 8.30pm. A buffet will be available from 6pm.

If you are a sports club and would like to attend the workshop, call Lucy Blakey on 01522 585 580 to book your place.


28 June

Health Walks in Spalding

Walking is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get involved in physical activity, and there are numerous Health Walks being led in Spalding and the surrounding area.

Trained volunteer Health Walk leaders lead free short walks to include everybody regardless of ability, in a friendly and sociable environment, in and around the local town and countryside.

There are currently walk groups in Spalding, Crowland, Holbeach, Sutton St. James and Long Sutton, which meet and walk weekly.

Sarah Ferneyhough, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Health Walks are becoming increasingly popular with almost 3000 people in Lincolnshire now regularly attending walks. They are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve your health, and are a great way to meet new people and have fun.”

Health Walks are funded by NHS Lincolnshire which means that they are free to attend. They are suitable for beginners and will be led by trained volunteers. The majority of walks are between 45 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes.

To find out more about walks in South Holland, call Donna Lill on 01522 870 252.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is a charity set up to allow councils, sports governing bodies and schools to work together in a single system. Their aim, over time, is to improve sporting opportunities and activities across the county.




8 June 2012

Silver Spirit funding awarded to two 2012-inspired projects in Holbeach

Two organisations in the Holbeach area have received a grant to fund an Olympic and Paralympic inspired project.

Holbeach Senior Links has been awarded £200 of grant funding to support their Celebration of the Olympic torch passing through Holbeach. The group will be having a small party with lunch to celebrate the Olympic Torch passing through the town and Sally Redden, Olympic Wheelchair Champion, will attend to share her experiences as a Paralympian.

Long Sutton Over 50’s group has been awarded £150 of grant funding to support their New Age Kurling Olympic Competition on Tuesday 19th June. The money will be used to welcome guests and a buffet lunch will be provided.

The money has been funded through a project called Silver Spirit at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, which awards grants of up to £300 to community groups and organisations whose members are mostly aged over 50 years, and want to run Olympic and Paralympic inspired projects in the run-up to the 2012 Games.

Sarah Ferneyhough, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Silver Spirit provides a great opportunity for the older generation to get actively involved with the 2012 Games. We have funded all kinds of innovative ideas including gardening, craft, dancing, walking, New Age Kurling and reminiscence projects.”

£10,000 has been awarded to 70 projects throughout Lincolnshire in four rounds of Silver Spirit funding leading up to the games. With all the money now allocated, over 3,000 people aged 50+ will be taking part in Olympic themed activities in their local area.

Cllr Sue Woolley, Executive Councillor for Health, Housing & Community, said:  “The Olympics is an excellent opportunity to inspire more people to get out and get active. Staying active is essential to maintaining health and fitness, particularly for the over 50s. That’s why I’m delighted this money has been made available to help older members of our communities celebrate this summer’s games in a fit and fun way. Make sure you get involved in what’s happening in your area.” 
 
Holbeach Senior Links welcomes volunteers and new members to help them organise and run the event. For more information, call Rita on 01406 424861.

Long Sutton Over 50’s also welcomes new members to join their ever growing community. For more information call Sue on 07702 847009.


 

18 May 2012

Vitality classes in Spalding

Adults in Spalding who have difficulty exercising are being encouraged to join a movement to music programme.

Vitality is a Lincolnshire-based programme which incorporates physio-based movement to music. Classes are aimed at the over 60s, or those of any age who have medical conditions which prevent them from exercising in a ‘normal’ setting.

Louise Thompson, Vitality Project Manager, said: “Come and join our fun, safe and effective exercise classes…Our specially designed exercises set to music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, and delivered by professional, highly trained teachers, will have you feeling revitalised in no time!”

Vitality classes aim to improve mobility, respiration, balance, posture and coordination through carefully planned exercise classes taken by trained and qualified instructors.

Dick Newman, a participant from the Vitality group in Branston, said: "I've been going to Vitality classes for three years and I am delighted with the programme and the way it's run. The classes have helped both my wife and I, particularly since I had my knee replaced last year, and she broke her ankle in two places. The highly trained instructors consider each person's ability within the class to encourage them to work at their own pace."

Sarah Ferneyhough, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Vitality classes are a great way for people to meet new friends, keep active and have fun. Participants have seen some great benefits and enjoy coming back week after week.”

If you could benefit from joining a Vitality class, there is a class taking place on Thursdays at Broad Street Methodist Hall in Spalding from 1.45pm-2.45pm. All classes are approed and subsidised by NHS Lincolnshire.


30 May 2012

50 day countdown to Lincolnshire School Games

With only 50 days to go, schoolchildren from across the county will be taking part in the Lincolnshire School Games as part of a number of celebrations for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

On Wednesday 27th June, the day the Olympic Torch comes to Lincoln, 1,500 young athletes will be competing in 21 different sporting competitions at Lincoln Castle Academy and other sites throughout the city.

The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event. Taking place at the beginning of May, the most talented young people in the UK will be selected to compete in 4 Olympic venues to build on the excitement of the 2012 Games.

Gareth Short, School Games Project Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “The Games will be a great opportunity for pupils to feel part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy. It will be a fantastic day, especially as the pupils also get tickets to see the Olympic torch that evening.”
Headteachers, School Games organisers and many other partners from across the county have played an important role in helping to stage the event.
Mr Rob Boothroyd, Headteacher at Lincoln Castle Academy, said: “Schools have been competing at different levels for the past year and this festival is a culmination of all their hard work. We want to build on the magic of 2012 so are hosting it on the same day as the Olympic Torch Relay in Lincoln.”
An Opening Ceremony will take place at Yarborough Leisure Centre at 10.00am, followed by sporting competitions at Lincoln Castle Academy, Yarborough Leisure Centre, Lincoln College Ravendale Sports Ground and Christ’s Hospital School. A Closing Parade will wrap up the day’s events at 3.00pm at Ravendale Sports Ground.
Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding has been invested to support the School Games.
For further information about the School Games and to register your school, please go to www.yourschoolgames.com


Over 2,000 young people take part in Sportivate sessions

More than 2,000 young people in Lincolnshire have been inspired to do sport in their own time in the first year of Sport England’s Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative.

Responding to the legacy pledge made by Lord Coe in Singapore in 2005, Sportivate is aimed at 14 to 25-year-olds who currently aren’t playing sport in their own time, giving them the chance to find a sport they enjoy. The young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can keep taking part.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “We’re delighted that so many young people in Lincolnshire have been inspired to get involved in sport through Sportivate. This is what the Olympic and Paralympic legacy is all about and it’s fantastic to hear about all those finding a new passion for sport.”

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is running Sportivate in all seven districts of the county, including Rowing in Boston, Dance in Lincoln, Climbing in North Kesteven, Badminton in East Lindsey, Swimming in South Holland, Cricket in West Lindsey and Squash in South Kesteven.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People’s Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “We have had a great first year of the programme and look to do even better for the second year. We want to continue to see an increase in sports opportunities for young people in Lincolnshire as a result of Sportivate funding.”

The first year ran from July 2011 to March 2012, with the second year beginning from April 2012 to March 2013.  All those who complete a sports course, missing no more than one session, and then continue to play sport for at least three months, will have the chance to enter a ballot for free London 2012 tickets via the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative.

To help inspire and motivate the participants, Sporting Champions - a team of current and retired elite athletes – are visiting Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.

For more information, visit www.lincolnshiresports.com/sportivate or call Lucy on 01522 585 580.





Support your local team through Host a Nation Week
Lincolnshire will host athletes from Egypt at a Pre-Games Training camp as they undergo their final preparations before this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. Teams will be based at a number of venues across the region, including University of Lincoln, Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston and Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth.

Encouraging communities to get behind these teams, today the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, launches Host a Nation Week, an initiative that aims to bring local communities across the UK and nations competing in this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics closer together.
Running from 16 – 22 July, and targeted at communities hosting Pre-Games Training Camps, Host a Nation Week encourages local communities, community groups, business groups and sports clubs to not only celebrate the teams and countries using their local facilities, but also forge new and strengthen existing cultural, sporting and business links with countries from across the world.
Pre-Games Training Camps are basing themselves at a number of world-class training facilities at universities, schools, local authority sports centres and centres of excellence right across the UK and will run from May right through to the start of Paralympics. The camps are designed to help visiting athletes acclimatise and fine tune their training so they are ready to produce the performance of a lifetime.
To help generate ideas and support groups who are planning to hold events, the Government Olympic Executive has produced a ‘toolkit’ which is being distributed to host communities who wish to join in the celebrations.
Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson said:
“Britain is throwing its doors open to the world in 2012 and ‘Host a Nation Week’ is a great way for local communities who are hosting a Pre-Games Training Camp nearby to celebrate the role they are playing in welcoming athletes, officials and spectators to our country. It can help forge strong friendships and business relationships between local communities and countries from around the world.”

Chair of the LOCOG Nations and Regions Group Sir Charles Allen said:
“Local people, local sports clubs, local communities and local authorities have a major role to play in welcoming the world to the UK. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our warmth of welcome and hospitality.
Host a Nation Week encourages local communities’ right across the UK to get involved with the range of opportunities hosting Pre-Games Training Camps can bring and what legacy they will leave. I would encourage everyone to join in.”


20 April 2012

Fitness Classes
The Yoga Class is for all ages and begins on Wednesday 25th April from 6:00 – 7:00pm at the Glen Haven Community Centre. The session cost £3.50 per session, but the first session is only £2. To book your place, please contact Shane on bookings@lincolnshiresports.co.uk or ring 01522 585 580 or 07944 432 400

The Legs, Bums and Tums class begins on Monday 14th May from 10.30 – 11.30am. Anyone over 50 can come along and keep fit in a social, warm and enjoyable environment. The session cost £3.50 per session, but the first session is only £2.To book your place, please contact Shane on bookings@lincolnshiresports.co.uk or ring 01522 585 580 or 07944 432 400.


To keep up to date with what’s happening to celebrate the London 2012 Games in Lincolnshire, visit www.lincolnshiresports.com.

 

3 April

Sport Makers are people that make sport and physical activity happen locally, after attending an inspirational workshop. The workshops cover the following areas: leading from within, Olympic and Paralympic values, safeguarding, helping others and lastly a deployment depot. The roles and activities which Sport Makers complete are wide ranging; from organising a morning Exercise to Music session or an afternoon New Age Kurling competition, to supporting local events (such as Lincoln Cycle Grand Prix, Grantham Spirit Triathlon), to providing skills and expertise to local clubs. Basically anything that makes sport or physical activity happen for someone else over the age of 16 counts as Sport Makers hours. Within the Deployment Depot of the workshop; the Sport Maker pledges to what they are going to do for their hours. Advice and guidance is provided within this stage.


There are a number of benefits of being a Sport Maker:
• Receive free inspirational training (which can be organised specifically for Silver Spirit volunteers)
• Receive a free Adidas t-shirt and bag (in return for their Pledge Card at the end of the workshop)
• Entry into a prize draw once 10 Sport Makers hours have been logged on the Sport Makers website (www.sportmakers.co.uk). The first prize draw (hours completed and logged by 30th April) is for a pair of Olympic Tickets
• Being part of Sport England flag-ship legacy project
• Meeting new people and making friends
• Opportunity to get to know and build relationships within the community
• Gaining real-life skills and experiences to enhance/enrich CV
• Building confidence and self-esteem
• Making sport happen and giving something back (to sport and the local community)
• Opportunity to work on own and as part of a team.


26 January

Sports coaches utilise resources at Lincolnshire libraries

Sports coaches have borrowed over 400 resources from Lincolnshire Libraries in the past six months thanks to a partnership between the Lincolnshire Coaches Network and Lincolnshire Library Services.

Coaching stock including sport specific resources, training principles and coaching have proved very popular with sports coaches and activity instructors across the county.

The most popular loans included Leadbetters Quick Tips; the very best short lessons to fix any part of your golf game, Running Well; run, smart, run faster, avoid injuries and enjoy it more, and Go Ski.

Lizzie Couling, Workforce Development Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “The resources available at Lincolnshire Libraries are proving very popular with our coaches. It is a great tool for coaches, teachers and volunteers; books like these are often very expensive to buy so this partnership allows coaches to still receive the information, but at a reduced cost.”

All coaching stock is hosted at Lincoln Central Library, but can be transferred to other Lincolnshire libraries when required. There is a loan charge of 25p for self-loan, or 50p if loans are carried out by library staff members.

For more information about what resources are available to coaches in Lincolnshire, or the Lincolnshire Coaches Network, contact Lizzie on 01522 585 580 or lizzie.couling@lincolnshiresports.co.uk


26 January

Celebrate the Games locally

People in Lincolnshire can celebrate the London 2012 Games by becoming a Local Leader.

London 2012 has launched Local Leaders; an opportunity for people across the UK to plan celebrations for the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

The programme provides access to ideas, hints and tips; help with organising events and guides and templates for any celebration.

Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Local Leaders provides a great opportunity for communities in Lincolnshire to get involved and celebrate the London 2012 Games together. Whether you’re planning something for the Torch Relay in June or want to get friends together on the Opening Ceremony, why not sign up as a Local Leader and be part of the legacy?”

Local Leaders encourages individuals to plan celebrations for the Games, but whether they invite three friends or the whole community, the programme provides the tools to support any event.

Over the next few months, those signed up to Local Leaders will receive planning guides, ‘Save the date’ cards, decoration ideas, exclusive offers and much more.

To sign up, visit www.london2012.com/localleaders.


23 January

Replace your medicine with a dose of exercise

What medicine can help you lose weight, sleep better, reduce aches and pains, is cheap and has no negative side effects? Exercise.

People in Lincolnshire who have medical conditions which may benefit from exercise are being encouraged to speak to their local GP about what’s on offer in their area.

Every district in Lincolnshire offers Exercise Referral; a programme funded by NHS Lincolnshire and the Health and Wellbeing Fund, and managed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.

Exercise Referral is a 12 week programme of low, or no, cost physical activity with your very own exercise programme, tailored to improve your quality of life.

Sarah Ferneyhough, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said:

“Around 3,000 people are being referred to the programme every year; receiving guidance and support to become more active. Participants are eligible for subsidised rates at leisure centres as well as lots of information on how to improve their help.

“We want to raise awareness of Exercise Referral so that more people in Lincolnshire can ask their GP about how it can benefit them.”

Exercise Referral programmes currently take place at 19 facilities across the county with on-going programmes so participants can start at any time.

One member of the Exercise Referral programme said: “The staff were very supportive and encouraged me; I now have a positive outlook on life.”

To be eligible to take part in an exercise referral scheme, participants must have a medical condition such as: Coronary Heart Disease; Cardiovascular Disease; Stroke; High blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol and risk factors for CHD; Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes; Obesity; Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Depression, anxiety, stress, or other mental health problems; Learning disabilities; Osteoarthritis; Musculo skeletal problems, such as joint or back problems; Overweight pregnant women; Cancer; Epilepsy or Degenerative diseases.

For more information, call Sarah on 01522 585 580 or contact your local GP.


20 January

New Keep fit classes in Spalding and Holbeach

Men and women in Spalding and Holbeach are being encouraged to kick start 2012 by attending new classes starting in the area.

Legs, Bums & Tums and Aerobics classes are starting this month at various locations, thanks to Lincolnshire Active Community Network which is developing sessions to encourage people to get active in 2012.

Shane Ward, Operations Officer at Lincolnshire Active Community Network, said: “After the success of our last classes we have launched another two. These new classes join the indoor bowls clubs and fitness classes we already run on a weekly basis.”

The new classes include a 50yrs plus Legs, Bums and Tums session at Sezanne Walk, Spalding on a Tuesday 10.30 – 11.30am with Legs, Bums and Tums and Aerobics starting at Lyndis Walk Community Hall, Holbeach every Tuesday 6.00 – 7.00pm and 7.00 – 8.00pm.

Legs, Bums and Tums continues to take place at Lime Court Community Centre, Spalding every Wednesday evening (6.00 – 7.00pm) and indoor bowls every Wednesday in Long Sutton and Weston.

Nikki, who runs the fitness classes, said: “The classes have gone well and the participants all say how much they enjoy the classes. The rooms we use are ideal and create a relaxed, social and enjoyable atmosphere to keep fit in.”

All fitness classes cost £3.50 and the indoor bowls £2.00 and booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

To secure your place or for more information call Shane on 07944 432 400 or email bookings@lincolnshiresports.co.uk.


13 January

New sports strategy aims to increase number of young people playing sport

A new sports strategy launched last week by Sport England highlights their main of increasing the number of young people aged 14 – 25 years who play sport once per week.

£1 billion of National and Exchequer funding will be invested in young people from 2012 – 17 under Sport England’s Youth Strategy, which was launched on Tuesday 10th January 2012 by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP.

Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, said: “In 2017, five years after the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, we want to have transformed sport in England so that playing sport becomes a lifelong habit for more people and a regular choice for the majority.”

To encourage more people to play sport, the strategy highlights investments of £150 million in the School Games up to 2015, £160 million investment in facilities to upgrade and build new sports facilities and a £450 million investment into National Governing Bodies for Sport over the next five years.

The Strategy aims to build a lasting legacy of competitive sport in schools, improve links between schools and community sports clubs, work with National Governing Bodies for Sport to focus on youth participation, invest in facilities and create links between communities and the voluntary sector.

Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership Janet Inman said:
“The launch of Sport England’s Strategy for 2012 – 2017 provides a great insight into how sport will develop in the country over the next five years. We are delighted that more emphasis will be placed on encouraging children and young people aged 14 – 25 years to take part in more sport, and that Sport England will invest again in facilities across the country.”

Every secondary school in Lincolnshire will be offered a community sport club on its site with a direct link to one or more National Governing Bodies for Sport, depending on the local clubs in that area, and all secondary schools, who wish to do so, will be supported to open up, or keep open, their sports facilities for local community use, and at least a third of these secondary schools will receive additional funding to make this happen.

Three quarters of the student population aged 16 – 24 years (over 900,000 young people) will get a chance to take up a new sport or continue playing a sport they enjoyed in school or college.

Janet added: “We do not know how much funding Lincolnshire will receive at this moment in time, but we are confident that people in Lincolnshire will benefit from the Strategy.”

The full Sport England Youth Strategy 2012 – 2017 can be found at www.sportengland.org.uk.


6 January

Health Walks in Spalding

Walking is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get involved in physical activity, and there are numerous Health Walks being led in Spalding and the surrounding area.

Trained volunteer Health Walk leaders lead free short walks to include everybody regardless of ability, in a friendly and sociable environment, in and around the local town and countryside.

There are currently walk groups in Spalding, Crowland, Holbeach, Sutton St. James and Long Sutton which meet and walk weekly.

Health Walks are funded by NHS Lincolnshire which means that they are free to attend. They are suitable for beginners and will be led by trained volunteers. The majority of walks are between 45 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes.

To find out more about walks in Spalding and the surrounding area, call Donna Lill on 01522 870 252.

Almost 3000 people in Lincolnshire are walking regularly, and now there are lots of walks in Spalding for people to take part in.

6 January

More free resources for coaches and volunteers

Sports coaches and volunteers can utilise a range of new resources in the Coaching Collection at libraries in Lincolnshire.

New books have been added to the collection which are free for sports clubs, organisations and individuals to borrow, and although the stock currently sits in the Lincoln Central Library, it can be transported to any library within the county on request.

Lizzie Couling, Workforce Development Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Resources can be costly so the Coaching Collection enables clubs and individuals to borrow the books and resources for free from any library in the county. In conjunction with our new volunteer programme, Sport Makers, the resources are a great tool to engage new volunteers with your club.”

Books added to the collection include Running Sports ‘Recruiting volunteers from outside your club’, Running Sports Top Tips, Running Sports ‘Valuing your Volunteers’ and Running Sports ‘Managing People’.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership has recently launched a new volunteer programme called Sport Makers which aims to train 548 new sports volunteers in Lincolnshire over the next two years. It is hoped that the resources will help clubs and volunteers with the programme.

For more information about the Coaching Collection, please contact Lizzie on 01522 585 580 or lizzie.couling@lincolnshiresports.co.uk.

12 December 2011

Why not spend £5.00 on Quest for Gold?

Sign your colleague, friend or family member up to Quest for Gold for just £5.00 and encourage them to try the Olympic and Paralympic sports for free in 2012!

Visit www.lincolnshiresports.com/questforgold and sign up your friend on the right hand side (you will need an email address and Date of Birth (or best estimate) for this part).

Enter ‘Gift Voucher’ in the box entitled Organisation and send an email to Clare Gilman-Abel clare.gilman-abel@lincolnshiresports.co.uk with your address and we’ll send you a gift voucher in the post ready for Christmas!

It couldn’t be easier, and £2.50 of your present is donated straight to the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme so you are doing your bit to help Lincolnshire athletes on the way to 2012!

14 October

Make sport happen in Lincolnshire

Five-time Olympic Gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave, today unveiled a new way for people to become sporting heroes in Lincolnshire.

Sir Steve, has joined forces with Sport England and Lincolnshire Sports Partnership to launch Sport Makers, a programme for everyone who’d like to make sport happen for their friends, neighbours or colleagues.

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.”

Sport Makers aims to inspire 548 people in Lincolnshire to get involved, with each of them spending at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities. It is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Every Sport Maker will be invited to an informal and interactive workshop where they’ll gain the skills and opportunities to get involved in sport in Lincolnshire. Sport Makers will be introduced to organisations that need their help, and join forces with others who want to make sport happen locally. There’ll also be opportunities to meet top athletes and plenty of incentives to stay involved.

Lizzie Couling, Workforce Development Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games hope to inspire people across the country to get involved with sport – but that doesn’t have to be through active participation. Sport Makers is all about making sport happen by organising an event, encouraging friends and family to be active and spending time within the local community. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in Lincolnshire, and I hope lots of people across the county will become Sport Makers.”

Today’s launch was welcomed by the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP. He 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.”

Over 50% of adults in England say they’d like to play more sport[1], but many people don’t feel they have the time, money or confidence to get involved in a formal setting.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said:
“This is a great chance to get involved in making sport happen in Lincolnshire, 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.”

Sport Makers is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.

To sign up, or for more information, visit www.sportmakers.co.uk.

29 September

£45,000 given to sports clubs in Lincolnshire

Almost £45,000 has been allocated to sports clubs and organisations in Lincolnshire.

76 sports projects in the county have received funding to deliver sports to young people aged 14 to 25 over the next six months, thanks to National Lottery funding through the Sportivate programme.

Sportivate is a national programme encouraging ‘semi-sporty’ teenagers to take part in six weeks sports sessions. It will run for four years from July 2011 until May 2015, and will distribute almost £400,000 of funding to sports clubs in Lincolnshire during that time.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People’s Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Sportivate not only provides a great opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in sport; it provides a huge financial incentive for sports clubs, schools, leisure facilities and others, to deliver more sport across Lincolnshire. It is great to see so many different projects applying for funding to encourage young people to take part in sport”.

£44,815 will be allocated to a variety of sports projects which will take place between October 2011 and March 2012.

Ranging from Basketball in Boston to Lacrosse in Lincoln, there’s something for everyone with 22 different sports on offer at 37 different locations in all seven districts.

Projects include Rugby Union, Cricket, Dance, Football, Rowing, Squash, Hockey, Climbing, Golf, Badminton, Cycling, Boxing, Swimming, Triathlon, Rounders, Orienteering and more.

Lucy said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number of applications for sports club funding through Sportivate, and are delighted to have allocated almost £70,000 over the first year. Over £40,000 has been given to projects starting next month, and we’re looking forward to seeing more people taking part in sport as a result.”

The overall aim of Sportivate is for 300,000 participants to take part in sport in Lincolnshire over the four years. It is hoped that 120,000 of those will continue to play sport regularly.

To find out more about Sportivate, visit www.lincolnshiresports.com/sportivate.

8 September 2011

Free Bowls and Coffee in Weston and Long Sutton

Local residents are being encouraged to try Indoor Bowls in Long Sutton and Weston for free, whilst enjoying a cup of coffee, biscuit and chat.

The sessions have been set up for men and women of all ages at Park Court Community Centre, Weston, and Spring Gardens Community Hall, Long Sutton from 10.00 – 11.30am, and 6.00 – 7.30pm respectively. The first sessions will start on Wednesday 21st September and will take place weekly.

This new form of indoor bowls just requires a carpet or hard floor to play on. Being played indoors also allows games to be played all year round with 2, 3 or 4 games going on at once.

Shane Ward from Lincolnshire Active Community Network said: “Indoor bowls is a great way for the local community to get involved in physical activity and meet new people.  It will be very laid back and anyone can come along and give it a go”.

The first week is completely free if you book in advance, and the cost per subsequent session is £2.00.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Shane on 01522 585 580 or e-mail bookings@lincolnshiresports.co.uk to book a place. Alternatively, just turn up on the day.