Programme launched for Olympic-bound youngsters

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A SPORTS coaching programme for St Helens’ young people is set to be launched as part of the countdown to London 2012.

St Helens Council’s sports development team will deliver Sportivate as part of the national Places People Play mass participation legacy programme.

The scheme, which is open to everyone, is aimed at giving local 14 to 25-year-olds the chance to enjoy six to eight weeks of coaching in a variety of sports.

As an added incentive, those still playing sport three months after the end of their course will have the chance to enter a ballot for free London 2012 tickets.

Sport England, which is investing £32m of National Lottery funding into Sportivate, has hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic tickets available for Sportivate participants.

Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Culture, Communications and Town Centre Councillor Grunewald said: “Many young people think sport isn’t for them, but now they have a chance to discover whether there is a sport they really enjoy.

“Everyone who takes part will receive high quality coaching – giving them the confidence and skills which will make them want to keep playing in the future.”

To find out more about Sportivate, call 01744 675403.