Cornish Youngsters Inspired into Sport Thanks to Award Winning Olympic Legacy Project!
Cornwall Olympic legacy project named best in South West for its inspiring work with young people.
An Olympic and Paralympic legacy project in Cornwall has been honoured as the best in REGION after inspiring dozens of young people to get into sport.
Archivate has brought Archery into the heart of Cornwall, with bespoke Archery sessions for inactive and semi-sporty young people at Helston Community College. It's part of Sport England's National Lottery funded Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative. Sportivate gives 14 to 25 year olds who weren't active in their own time, 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.
More than 64 young people have attended each of the weekly sessions in area and 30+ are still regularly playing the sport.
Launched in 2011, 225,000 young people have attended Sportivate sessions nationally, with 190,000 completing their coaching sessions. From September 2013, the programme will be extended to young people aged 11-25 years-old.
Dan Cook one of the Archivate participants commented "I have developed a strong interest in archery and this has enabled me to become more active. I have bought my own equipment alongside my father who started just after me. This has now extended to my mother taking part and has become a real family activity. I just need to get my younger brother involved. I have achieved a bronze medal so far at a local handicap competition."
Sport England's Executive Director for Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: "It's fantastic that so many teenagers and young adults are getting into sport through Sportivate.
"Whether it's BMX biking, canoeing or netball, I've been really struck by the enthusiasm of the young people on Sportivate sessions and impressed that so many of them are continuing to play once the course is over."
Tim Marrion Partnership Manager for the Cornwall Sports Partnership added "It is great to see the good work that Sean Ellis, from the Archivate programme, being recognised. This has been a really successful project for us that demonstrates that with the right volunteers behind it the legacy of London 2012 to alive and kicking in Cornwall."
Sportivate is being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers. It is part of the official Olympic legacy programme and will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people until 2017.
Interested in Sportivate, please visit our Sportivate Page for information.