EAST Lindsey has received its tenth Inspire Mark from the London Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOCOG) – the highest number in Lincolnshire and the second highest number of any area in the East Midlands.
The latest initiative to receive the prestigious accreditation is the new Future Females Programme that encourages more girls and women to take part in sports and physical activity.
Future Females is a new scheme run by East Lindsey District Council in partnership with sports clubs.
The council will support clubs in setting up female teams and coaching sessions and also offers support and assistance with marketing.
England Women’s Cricketer and Future Females Ambassador, Arran Brindle, is delighted the programme has been awarded the Inspire Mark: “Statistics show a decline in the number of women in East Lindsey that take part in sports between the ages of 14 and 19 and Future Females will help to counter that trend.
“In the past five years East Lindsey has seen significant investment in sports and leisure activities, more than most other areas, and the opportunities now for both men and women to take part in physical activity are greater than they have ever been.
“With London 2012 just around the corner, the greatest sporting event on earth, I hope this is another encouragement for more people to try a sport and who knows, they may be an Olympian of the future.”
Community Manager and Footballer for Lincoln city Ladies Footballer, Megan Harris, also recognises the importance of the Future Females Programme being linked to 2012: ““Future Females is a fantastic programme that will really look to engage girls in sport throughout the East Lindsey area. With the Olympic’s less than a year away and in our own country, there couldn’t be a better incentive and vehicle to help the promotion of female sport. This coupled with the fact that we have our very own Olympian; England Footballer Casey Stoney on board with the programme, it really is a very exciting time! “
Olympic Champion for Lincolnshire and Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson, said East Lindsey was working hard to deliver on the values of the 2012 Games: “I am pleased Future Females has been awarded the Inspire Mark as it plays an important role in encouraging greater participation in sport amongst young women.
“We are keen to raise the profile of the work we do in East Lindsey around sport and culture and our work with LOCOG through Inspire Mark and SO Festival is creating some important economic and community opportunities for East Lindsey as we approach 2012. We will continue to work closely with LOCOG in the run up to London 2012 and ensure that East Lindsey has a high profile.”
Inspire Mark is only awarded to those initiatives that meet the values of London 2012, including community participation and skills development.