Spirit of Sport aims to ‘Sportivate’ youngsters

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The recently re-opened Spirit of Sport centre plays host to Burnley’s successful ‘Sportivate’ projects, which gives 14-25 year olds access to subsidised six-week courses in a range of sports including football midnight leagues, Bollywood dance, tennis and boxing.

‘Sportivate’ is a £32 million lottery programme aimed at those who are not currently choosing to take part in sport in their own time, or are doing so for a very limited amount of time.

The Friday night Midnight Football League takes place at Spirit of Sport from 9-10-30 p.m. every Friday. Cost is £1 and the project will run continuously throughout the year. During the six weeks a participant may work towards an event or personal challenge. Sportivate is fully inclusive and targets any participants, including young people who have a disability, males and females and people from Black and minority ethnic groups.

‘’Our Midnight football league is going from strength to strength and keeps young people off the streets on the cold, dark winter nights and gives them a chance to meet new friends and get active.

“We always welcome new participants – no need to book – just turn up on Friday nights at 9 p.m.,’’ said Anwar Afrasiab, Partnership Manager.

Not only is it a chance for youngsters to learn a new sport or improve on existing skills, but if they keep taking part after the course is finished, they could find themselves on their way to watch the London 2012 Olympic or Paralympics Games.

All participants who complete their course, missing no more than one session, and keep playing the sport for at least another three months will be entered into a ballot for free London 2012 tickets.

Sportivate is being delivered locally by the county sports partnerships (Lancashire Sport).

Contact Anwar, Partnership Manager on 01282 430493 for more details on what clubs are being run at Spirit of Sport.