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Sport Hampshire & IOW youngsters inspired into sport through Sportivate

Thousands of young people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been inspired to get involved in sport thanks to Sport England's Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative.

17 year old Kathryn Wahnon from Andover is one of 2,550 teenagers and young adults in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to have completed a six to eight-week coaching course in a sport of their choice through the National Lottery funded project. She played basketball in Test Valley School where she won the Southampton League and Hampshire Cup. Kat stopped playing when she left school. However with the introduction of the new girls basketball club founded by Sportivate, she got back into playing basketball. She said 'basketball is the sport I love and I am so glad Andover College has set up this team. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting back into basketball, making new friends and receiving great coaching'.

Sportivate is aimed at 14-25-year-olds who currently aren't playing sport in their own time, giving them the chance to find a sport they enjoy. The young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can keep taking part in a way that suits them.

Sport Hampshire & IOW is running Sportivate in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

A wide variety of recreational level sports are being offered including Beach Volleyball, Cardio Tennis, Golf, IM Basketball, RUSH Hockey, Futsal, Ice skating, Ice hockey, Indoor Rowing, Jogging, Judo, TEAM 19 Football, Touch Rugby, Wakeboarding, Wheelchair Rugby and Zumba. Something for everyone! Details of new activities are being added all of the time. For more details visit www.sporthampshireiow.co.uk/play-sport/have-a-go.htm.

'The impact of Sportivate across the county is fantastic. As the excitement around London 2012 builds it is a great opportunity for us to inspire local young people to try a sport they have never done before or one they are keen to get back into. The important thing is to have a go, to have fun and once they've started to keep it going. We're hoping everyone will find something they really enjoy and that they can take part in for life.' said Penny Woods, Sports Development Manager at Sport Hampshire & IOW.

Sport England's Executive Director for Community Sport Mike Diaper said: 'It's fantastic that so many teenagers and young adults are getting into sport through Sportivate.  Whether it's BMX biking, canoeing or netball, I've been really struck by the enthusiasm of the young people on Sportivate sessions and impressed that so many of them are continuing to play once the course is over.'

As part of the Places People Play official Olympic legacy programme, Sportivate will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people over four years.

To help inspire and motivate the participants, our Sporting Champions - a team of current and retired elite athletes are visiting Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.


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