At midday, Essex-based dance instructor Charlene Teft made her way into County Hall and began dancing to the Pussycat Dolls’ Jai Hoe. A few employees got up at first, but were soon joined by many more until the foyer was filled with people dancing. The routine culminated in the Sport Makers banner dropping from the balcony of County Hall.
Councillor Stephen Castle, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and the 2012 Games, said: “What an inspiring way to launch Sport Makers here in Essex. Sport Makers is a fantastic scheme which will encourage more people across the county to get involved in sport.
“The launch will hopefully highlight how anyone can be inspired by the London 2012 Games and that anyone can be a Sport Maker simply by encouraging others to get involved in sport. I urge the people of Essex to find out more and join in.”
Sport Makers is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across Essex. It aims to inspire 1,400 people across the county to get involved in sport, with each of them spending ten hours organising or leading sporting activities in their community or workplace.
Every Sport Maker will have the opportunity to attend an informal interactive workshop where they’ll gain the skills to encourage others to get involved in sport. Sport Makers will also be invited to work with organisations that need their help, and join forces with other Sport Makers who want to make sport happen locally. There’ll also be opportunities for Sport Makers to meet top athletes.
Five-time Olympic Gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, who joined forces with Sport England and Sportessex to launch Sport Makers across the county, said: “You don’t need medals to become a sporting hero. By helping people you know to get involved in sport you’ll be doing something amazing for your friends and local community, as well as having fun yourself.”
To find out more about becoming a Sport Maker, visit www.sportmakers.co.uk
. To see what sport you can get involved in across the county, visit www.sportessex.com