Fanning the Flames: Hampshire’s Olympic legacy
The county’s elite athletes won 10% of Britain’s medal haul in last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, igniting interest in a whole host of sports.
The legacy of the Games continues in Hampshire. Here’s how the County Council and Sport Hampshire & IOW are playing their part:
Support for Hampshire’s talented athletes
The County Council has doubled funding for the Hampshire Talented Athletes grant scheme to £92,000 a year for the next three years. Around 300 athletes, representing 36 different sports, have accessed support towards training, equipment, physiotherapy, and travel costs.
Team GB High Jumper Isobel Pooley, 20, from Fleet is one of them. Her initial interest in the sport was sparked while she was a pupil at Court Moor School. She now has the 2014 Commonwealth Games in her sights. The scheme helps her access training facilities and physiotherapy. “It is a great vote of confidence to have that support. I am proud to be a Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme athlete representing my county and club on the world stage.”
Opportunities for all
We are helping to promote local sporting events and activities in the following ways:
Working closely with schools and helping to grow future sporting talent
Encouraging people to try new sports, through Sport Hampshire & IOW’s Do More Be More campaign
Increasing the number of volunteers who train to become coaches at local sports clubs
To date 7,000 young people aged 14 – 25 have taken part in beginners courses for a range of sports and 1,824 people have registered as Sport Makers to help make sport happen across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Support is also being provided to clubs including Winchester Goalball Club, set up by Paralympians Adam and David Knott to provide sporting opportunities for Hampshire’s visually impaired aspiring athletes, and Team Solent Sharks, a wheelchair Rugby team. Team Solent Sharks accessed a Sportivate grant through Sport Hampshire & IOW to run taster sessions before it became a fully fledged club.