National sports charity, StreetGames has enabled around 250 14 to 25 year olds from Swindon to take part in their very own Commonwealth Games this summer.
This legacy programme is in partnership and funded by Spirit of 2012 (Spirit), a new charity set up to support programmes that sustain the spirit of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Pop Up Clubs are a fun and vibrant way to encourage young people to try a wide range of sports and drive them towards developing a sporting habit for life.
Following on from Swindon StreetGames trip to watch the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the club is hosting a number of festivals, using the Pop Up Clubs, across the town that will emulate the atmosphere that they experienced in Glasgow.
The festivals have been designed to give young people the chance to emulate Commonwealth stars by taking part in athletics, table tennis, and badminton sessions. It will also help young people get fit by showing them the excitement of dodgeball and rugby.
Festivals will be taking place on 26th at Buckhurst Fields, 27th in Seven Fields, 29th in St Mark’s and 1st September in Quarry Road.
The programme is supported by Spirit, a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund with an endowment of £46m from the sale of the Olympic and Paralympic village. It tackles isolation and disadvantage by supporting organisations that provide arts, volunteering and sport opportunities.
There are 1.6 million young people who live in disadvantaged areas of the UK; recent research shows lowest-income households are most likely to have least active children, with the poorest households spending less than £2 a week on sport. StreetGames and Spirit are committed to overcoming barriers to being active and getting involved; they aim to ensure young people can engage with Glasgow 2014 wherever they are.
Sixteen young people from Swindon StreetGames also attended a camp that StreetGames and Spirit set up in Glasgow. The residential camp gave 1,000 young people from over 80 StreetGames projects the opportunity to experience the incredible atmosphere and spirit of the Games. They took part in outdoor challenges, enjoyed Pop Up Clubs and were given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the professionals in action at the Games. The guys from Swindon were able to watch hockey and netball matches.
Jane Ashworth OBE, CEO of StreetGames, said, “We know that large sporting events inspire young people to get active, we saw it with the Olympics and Paralympics we are sure to see it with the Commonwealth Games as well. At StreetGames we aim to take that inspiration and help it grow into a sporting habit for life, by giving the most disadvantaged young people in Swindon the opportunity to try different types of sport, get active and even go and see the Games.”
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Leisure, said: “The Pop Up Clubs are a great way of encouraging young people to try different sports and will really take advantage of the interest generated by a hugely successful Commonwealth Games.
“It was fantastic that some of our young people were able to sample the atmosphere of the Games in Glasgow thanks to StreetGames and I hope the opportunity will spur them on to lead active and healthy lifestyles in the future.”