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Cornish Fire fighters take on Olympic challenge to become sports volunteers

Cornish Fire fighters take on Olympic challenge to become sports volunteers

Fire fighters are soon to undertake a new type of training... to become Sport Makers in their local communities!

Fire fighters at St Austell and Camborne stations will be this month receiving training for the new Olympic-inspired volunteer programme, Sport Makers. The stations will also be opening up their doors to members of the public to join the workshops on June 11 at 2pm at Camborne Fire Station and June 18 at 2pm at St Austell Fire Station.

Whether it's planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part - sport doesn't just happen, it needs people to make it happen. By becoming a Sport Maker you'll not only get the skills, knowledge and opportunities you need to get more people playing sport, you'll also become a part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports legacy.

The Sport Makers programme aims to inspire over 400 people in Cornwall to get involved in volunteering, with each of them receiving training and spending at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities; it is open to anyone aged 16 and over and 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.

Do you want to do your bit for the Olympics and help more people to play sport locally? The Cornwall Sports Partnership is on hand to help you with your journey and has organised a series of training workshops across the county, in addition to those at the fire stations. The next workshop will be at Trelander Community Hall in Truro on Wednesday June 20, at 6pm.

Be a part of something valuable this year and become a Sport Maker! Register and sign up for one of these workshops now at www.sportmakers.co.uk or contact Jackie Lawrence at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323336 / jlawrence@cornwall.gov.uk

Jackie Lawrence, who is leading on Sport Makers in Cornwall, explains: "Every Cornish Sport Maker will be invited to an informal and interactive workshop where they'll gain the skills and opportunities to get involved in sport across the county. They will then 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.

"If anyone is interested in becoming a Sport Maker or in putting forward their organisation to receive the help of a Sport Maker, I would love to hear from them.  I can be contacted on 01872 323336 or jlawrence@cornwall.gov.uk. Alternatively, anyone interested can simply register to become a Sport Maker and book a place on a workshop at www.sportmakers.co.uk".

The programme was launched last year by Cornish Team GB athlete Mark Lewarne, he commented: "As a Team GB athlete and having experienced competition at local, national and international events, I am very aware of all the hard work that is put in by volunteers to ensure each event runs as smoothly as possible. Volunteers play a crucial role in encouraging and supporting participants from grassroots and club level right through to performance sport. I therefore wholeheartedly support volunteer development and help new sports volunteers to start in sport, current volunteers to continue in sport and all volunteers an opportunity to develop through sport."

To find out more about Sport Makers in Cornwall, visit: www.sportmakers.co.uk or contact Jackie Lawrence on 01872 323336 / jlawrence@cornwall.gov.uk