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- 26 November 2013 00:00
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Thousands of people across the country have taken part in physical activity as a direct result of one Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme: the Community Games.
Over 3,551 Community Games were held in communities across the country celebrating what’s good about their area and stimulating local involvement in community activities.
Run by the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN) and the YMCA, the Community Games encouraged more than 80,000 people to take up volunteering – almost a quarter of whom had never volunteered before.
One County Sports Partnership, delivering the Community Games programme, West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) has seen first hand the benefits of Community Games in their region, after the programme enticed one PHD student back into sport.
Clinical Psychology student, Corin Le Huray, didn’t have time to take part in physical activity because of the demands from her University of Bath course.
That was until she attended her local Community Games event in back in April this year.
The event, held at the Wellsway School in Keynsham, attracted more than 270 people, giving them the opportunity to try out a range of different sporting activities from archery to hockey.
Representatives from national governing bodies of sport and local sports clubs along with regional officers were all present on the day to provide information about their sporting disciplines within the community.
On the day Corin tried out canoeing and took part in a 20-meter sprint against the clock on a canoe ergo. She enjoyed taking part in the sport so much she decided to take part in a beginner course, following the event.
"The coaches were fantastic and I really enjoyed it. We learnt basic paddling skills and how to ensure we were safe on the water,” said Corin, who now attends the club weekly and has even gone on a canoeing holiday with her family.
"Attending the Community Games event made me realise just how much was available in my local area and inspired me to take up a sport that I had been interested in for a long time.”
Wesport’s Community Games lead Jackie Hilleard said Corin’s story illustrates the power of the event.
"Corin’s story is a great example of how Community Games is helping to reach inactive people within the community,” said Hilleard.
"We have found that by bringing local communities together we attract a wider range of people who can try and enjoy sporting and cultural activities on their doorstep. We then signpost them to places where they can carry on taking part in sport.”
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