Locals urged to join in Olympic spirit

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Local sports clubs in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to sign up for the “Join In” weekend to seize the once in a lifetime opportunity provided by the Olympics.

The Join In weekend will take place after the Olympics and before the Paralympics, on August 18 and 19, and aims to get people involved in local sports.

It hopes to get as many people as possible who have been inspired by the Olympics to turn up, take part and join in at their local sports facilities.

The Olympics are expected to generate unprecedented enthusiasm for sport in the UK and the Join In weekend allows local sports groups to take advantage of this unique occasion. By converting this once in a lifetime wave of interest into future membership, the hope is to get more people involved in sport and their local communities.

Local MP Russell Brown added his voice to the calls for local sports clubs across the region to sign up to get local people joining in during the weekend.

Mr Brown said: “With the Olympics, the biggest sporting event in the world, taking place in the UK, this is a great opportunity to get people involved in sports. Young or old, getting involved in a local sports club is a great way to keep fit. Every great champion started at their local sports facilities and we may discover the next one right here in Dumfries and Galloway.

“Local sports clubs are also about building our communities, and there are lots of other ways to get involved, such as helping run clubs as coaches, drivers or even tea makers.

“The Join In weekend is a great platform for clubs to harness the enthusiasm for the Olympics and make sure they get local people engaged. I hope local clubs in our area will sign up at www.joininuk.org.”

Lord Coe, chairman of London 2012, said: “Millions will be inspired by what they witness over the summer and I hope this creates opportunities in every community for people to join in their local sports clubs. People across the UK can turn up and take part in local sports just after the Olympic Games finishes.”

Stewart Harris, chief executive of Sport Scotland, added: “We want to make sure that this fantastic summer of sport gives a real boost to grassroots activity.”