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New volunteering programme gets a cheer of approval!

New volunteering programme gets a cheer of approval!

West Coast Cheerleaders gave Cornwall Council staff a morning to remember today when they performed around the New County Hall offices, promoting a new volunteering initiative.

The cheerleading squad from Penryn College joined staff from the Cornwall Sports Partnership, performing a routine they'd worked up especially to promote the new Sport Makers programme; by showing just what type of exciting volunteering opportunities are available.

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. The new Sport Makers programme offers the chance to get the skills, knowledge and opportunities needed to help get more people playing sport, whilst also becoming a part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports legacy.

Rhea Upsher, Project Leader at West Coast Cheerleading explains: "Volunteering is so important to all sports, and to us here at West Coast Cheerleading particularly because it enables more students to get involved and to attend more events, and we all know cheerleaders like to perform!"

Sport Makers 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 for new Sport Makers on Friday 20 April at the Eden Project, Monday 23 April at Penzance Sailing Club and Tuesday 15 May at Launceston Rugby Football Club.

Be a part of something valuable this year and become a Sport Maker! Register and sign up for the a workshop 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 nationally by Sir Steve Redgrave last year, he commented: "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".

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