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Mulit-million sports bonus welcomed by MP

November 17, 2010 11:11 AM

Huppert on Parliamentary Bike RideA £130 million National Lottery-funded initiative which could bring sporting benefits to Cambridge has been welcomed by the city's MP Julian Huppert.

The project promises to upgrade sports facilities, protect playing fields and encourage people to take up sport.

It was unveiled by Sport and Olympics Minister, Hugh Robertson and Sport England and answers the promise made by the London 2012 Olympic bid in Singapore to bring the sporting legacy to life in communities across the country.

Commenting on today's announcement by the Minister for Sport and the Olympics of a new £130 million National Lottery-funded initiative to upgrade sports facilities, protect playing fields and encourage people into sport.

The project called Places People Play, will:

• recruit, train and deploy 40,000 sports leaders as the next generation of sports volunteers to organise and lead grassroots sporting activities;

• motivate over 100,000 adults to test themselves in multiple Olympic and Paralympic sports, and in doing so raise millions of pounds for charity;

• launch a nationwide campaign that will capture the excitement of sport, providing opportunities for teenagers and young adults to receive six weeks of coaching in the sport of their choice and guide them into regular participation within their community.

Julian said: "This is an excellent initiative bringing sport into communities across the country and encouraging people of all ages to get actively involved.

"Hopefully, it will encourage adults to try new sports, take regular exercise and give them the opportunity to raise money for charity at the same time. This will bring benefits for all."