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Keep the flame alive in Southwark

Published Monday, 17 September 2012

Give it a go 2012

Southwark Council will be taking part in this year’s Give it a Go campaign in a bid to encourage local residents to get involved in sports.

As part of the programme sports clubs across Southwark will offer free provision for people of all ages and abilities in October and November 2012.

The London 2012 inspired sports coaching and exercise sessions will be available at the Meakabears Deaf Football Club, Brimmington Community Football Club, Waterloo Netball Club, Dulwich Table Tennis club, London Irish (Rugby) and London South Bank University Multi-Sports club.

This is the third time Give it a Go has been run in Southwark and has historically been successful in introducing or re-engaging many participants into local sports clubs.

Councillor Veronica Ward, Cabinet member for culture, leisure, sport and the Olympics said: "We are very happy to be involved in the Give it a Go campaign again this year. Our residents have shown their enthusiasm for sports through their support during the Olympics and Paralympic Games."

"This exciting initiative also ties in perfectly with our Olympic legacy project and will help keep the flame alive in individuals, communities, families and workplaces."

Abdul Wuraola, Head Coach of Dulwich Table Tennis Club, one of the participating sports clubs said: "We have seen a huge rise in the interest in table tennis at our club since the start of the Olympics for both adults and juniors. We are really looking forward to offering free activities as part of Give it a Go as we feel it is a great opportunity to get people into the sport that haven't played before or haven't played since school."

Give it a Go is a London wide programme and is open to all ages and abilities. The project is funded through the FreeSport strand of the Mayors Sport Legacy Programme and is being coordinated by PRO-ACTIVE Central London and Southwark Council.

Director of PRO-ACTIVE Central London, Angus Robertson highlights the benefits of Give it a Go for the community, commenting:  "This initiative is a unique opportunity for Southwark residents to sample a range of sport and physical activities which might not normally be available to them. We have seen first hand the power of the Olympics and Paralympics in motivating people of all ages and abilities to give sport a go and we are looking forward to starting Give it a Go in October 2012."

For more information and to find activities taking place in Southwark, please visit the Give it a go website.

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