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Olympic legacy programme to inject £100,000 into sport for young people in Cornwall

Nankersey Gig Club - Sportivate Explores Rowing Project

Cornish organisations are now able to apply for a share of £100,000 over the next year to help young people get into sport in the county, as part of an innovative Olympic legacy programme.

On Friday 15 November, the Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) launched the third year of the OIympic-inspired, Sportivate, for 14 to 25 year olds to get into sport. As the local driving force behind the national campaign to increase levels of participation, the CSP will be awarding grants to support local sporting projects.

Responding to the legacy pledge made by Seb Coe in Singapore in 2005, Sportivate is giving teenagers and young adults - who currently aren't playing sport in their own time - the chance to receive six weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice. The young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can keep taking part. Since it was launched in Cornwall in June 2011, the programme has already been a massive success with almost 1,300 more 14 to 25 year olds regularly participating in sporting activities off the back of the Sportivate sessions they'd attended.

Last year Nankersey Gig Rowing Club in Mylor received a Sportivate grant to run a project and have received much more than the monetary benefit. Anne Oliver from the gig club explains: "The funding received from Sportivate has helped tremendously with the club being able to fund our coxes to receive qualifications and to enable more people getting out on the water which is what we are here for, after all! 

"It has also helped towards rental for both our boats, Circe and Serafina, as storage for two 32ft long boats does not come cheap! Our aim is to definitely continue with the project during 2013, so that we can help even more youngsters to enjoy the historic sport of gig rowing."

Having realised the potential of some of their Sportivate rowers, Nankersey have also recruited new crew members through the project and took a number of their Sportivate graduates with them to compete in the 2012 World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly.

Mike Thomas, Director at the Cornwall Sports Partnership, comments: "Through Sportivate funding we have been able to invest in Cornish community clubs and organisations, providing essential resources to get more young people more active and to also work towards building a legacy from the 2012 Olympic games. Its success in Cornwall has been incredible and in less than two years, almost 1,300 young people have participated in six weeks or more of sporting activity and continued to enjoy taking part in that activity within their community."

The Cornwall Sports Partnership is also working at a local level to bring Places, People, Play, the government's official legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympics, to life through a number of other projects. One of these, Sport Makers, is an inspirational programme that will see many more people given the confidence and opportunity to volunteer in sport locally. It has also assisted in a significant amount of funding being invested in the county to renovate local community sports facilities, through Sport England's Inspired Facilities funding. Successful venues include St Ives Tennis Club, St Agnes Surf Lifesaving Club, Falmouth Sports Centre, Pentewan Sands Sailing Club, Grampound Road Cricket Club and Callington Community College.

For further information or to apply for a Sportivate grant, please click here