Region could cash in on 2012 Games

Northumberland is being urged to cash in and secure a sporting legacy as the Olympic torch crosses the county.

One of the UK’s 2012 legacy organisations, sported. is urging local community sports groups to contact them as they may be eligible for funding and support.

sported. is already working with over 1,200 community sports organisations across the UK, many of which operate in hugely deprived and challenging communities.

Through a network of skilled volunteer mentors, sported. helps these groups to become more sustainable as well as assisting them to obtain much-needed funding.

sported. began operating in the North East in August 2011 and already has over 80 members. Northumberland will be officially opened for membership in July, however early applications are now invited.

Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of LOCOG, set up sported. in 2009 as a result of the promises he and Lord Seb Coe made during the London 2012 bid process. One of these promises was to ‘inspire a generation of disadvantaged young people through sport.’ To find out if your organisation might be eligible for sported. support, please contact Sandra Hillyard at s.hillyard@sported.org.uk or on 07775 602137.