Mission Possible to create local London 2012 legacy
Sport Hampshire & IOW is leading the charge to create a sporting legacy for young people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Its new project, Mission Possible: Lead… Coach… Play the Game! will capture the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (the 2012 Games) and will unify a number of exciting new initiatives to help create 2012 new coaching and sports leadership opportunities.
Mission Possible has been granted Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme, which recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Games.
Mission Possible was launched at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh on Monday 20th December – rather fittingly 20.12 – at a multi-sports coaching day run by one of the Mission Possible partners, Planet Sport. CJ Lee, Coaching Development Manager for Sport Hampshire & IOW explained, “Mission Possible is just one of the ways we’re looking to bring the 2012 Games to life for young people in Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
We were delighted to be awarded Inspire Mark. We know that it is only given to projects which meet specific criteria and having the project endorsed by the London 2012 Inspire Programme is a huge boost to us.”
Working with partner organisations, Mission Possible will help change the lives of local people, no matter whether they wish to lead, coach or play sport. In addition to the leadership and coaching opportunities which will be created, Mission Possible will have even broader reach, as the individuals involved will be encouraged to adopt the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality) to inspire a new generation to enjoy sport and physical activity.
How exactly Mission Possible: Lead… Coach… Play the Game! plans to achieve a lasting legacy is determined under each of its specific strands.
Sports Leadership is a great way to meet new people and create friendships, as well as to develop vital life skills, including communication, teamwork, collaboration and organisational skills. Mission Possible will inspire a new generation of Sports Leaders by:
- Recruiting, training and deploying up to 1000 young people to support local sports activities in schools, clubs and local events
- Working with local schools to use the GET SET resources offered by LOCOG (the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games) to promote the values of London 2012
- Developing a youth sports forum to ensure leadership programmes are both owned and delivered by young people.
Coaching is the lifeblood of sport and the key to providing fun, attractive and high-quality sporting opportunities to local people at all levels and of all ages. Mission Possible will provide new opportunities for young people to get into coaching by:
- Managing the Future Jobs Fund (FJF) – a government sponsored fund designed to create jobs for those experiencing long term unemployment. Candidates aged between 18-24 can access these 6-months jobs and receive the national minimum wage for 25 hours per week
- Offering Scholarships for young people to get onto the first rungs of the coaching ladder
- Delivering Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s first Coach Education Month in March 2011
- Delivering Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s first Young Coaches’ Conference in March 2011.
Play the Game!
Playing the game is at the heart of sport. Whether playing in a team, engaging in group fitness, competing against others, or challenging yourself in the gym – playing motivates and inspires us to get active, share experiences and have fun. Mission Possible will facilitate new sporting opportunities by:
- Creating a skilled, qualified and active workforce of coaches and leaders to inspire young people to engage in sport and physical activity
- Creating new sports activities inspired by the values and phenomenon of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.
Southampton-based Paralympic gold medallist, Peter Hull MBE and Olympic silver medallist, Todd Bennett were on hand to help launch Mission Possible. Todd said, “I had a dream of competing for my country and going to the Olympics and was immensely proud to win a silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympics. However, I know I wouldn’t have been able to make my dream a reality without the help of my coach, as even though I had the talent, I needed his guidance and support.”
Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “Mission Possible is encouraging young people to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as Sport Hampshire & IOW, we are delivering on our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in coaching, leadership and participation.”
Richard Cutler, Commercial & Operations Director of Serving in Tennis in Totton commented, “The Future Jobs Fund and Sport Hampshire & IOW have given local sports coach employers the chance to work with enthusiastic young people and to allow them to make a difference not only to their own lives, but also to the people they work with.”