Making Sport Happen with Sport Makers Initiative

Young people wearing Sport Maker T-shirts at the launch event

More than 50 students and coaches from Universities and Colleges across Hampshire joined Sport Hampshire & IOW and England Basketball for the afternoon to launch Sport Makers a programme for everyone who’d like to make sport happen for their friends, neighbours or colleagues.

The students got the chance to find out how they can become a Sport Maker and get involved in IM Basketball at the same time. IM Basketball is a new initiative from England Basketball which allows anyone to set up informal games of basketball

Andrew "Drew" Sullivan, GB Men's Basketball Captain, talks to young people in Southampton about the benefits of giving something back and making sport happen as a Sport Maker

Great Britain’s Team Captain and Leicester Riders basketball player Andrew Sullivan attended the launch and gave an inspiring speech to the students,  explaining how  volunteers have made a difference for him in his career and how Sport Makers can make a difference to them and others. Andrew explains:

“A lot of people involved in the basketball team I played for when I was young were volunteers, parents, coaches all helping to develop the young players. Volunteers have been invaluable during the development of my career.”

“Sport Makers is a great idea, it gives people the chance to invest in themselves and keep up the interest of sport, stopping them from dropping out. Sport Makers gives people the chance to develop skills which can be translated into everyday life.”

Andrew also had a few wise words:

“It was different when I was younger, now there is a lot of talk about how expensive sport is but Sport Makers is saying there is a lot out there for you if you put the time in. It is ok to want help, but you have to be able to help yourself as well, Sport Makers is a prime opportunity of how they can help themselves.”

Hampshire Talented Athlete basketball player Sebastian Orlog also attended and was able to answer questions from the students about his journey so far.

The colleges and universities then had the opportunity to put all they had heard into practice and played a small sided basketball tournament run by England Basketball.

Sport Makers aims to inspire approx 1,456 people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to get involved, with each of them spending at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities. It is open to anyone ages 16 and over.

Sport Makers 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.

Every Sport Maker will be invited to an informal and interactive workshop where they’ll gain the skills and opportunities to get involved in sport in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Sport Makers will 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.

The launch event was run by Sport Hampshire & IOW (SHIOW), in partnership with the England Basketball. Sport Hampshire & IOW is the County Sport Partnership for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that provides the strategic lead for sport in the area.  SHIOW is one of 49 partnerships in the country whose role it is to promote sport and physical activity for all.

Julie Amies, Sport Hampshire & IOW Partnership Director commented:

“We are very excited about Sport Makers, it is a fantastic opportunity for those over the age of 16 to get involved and make sport and physical activity happen within their local communities. We are looking forward to the challenge of inspiring potential volunteers and volunteer providers to bring the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to life within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. ”

Watch interviews with Todd Cauthorn, Marketing Officer from England Basketball and Andrew Sullivan, talking about the value of Sport Makers to sport in England.

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Posted on 21/10/2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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