Sports fans across the UK can become part of the Olympic legacy this weekend by heading down to where it starts for every great champion – their local sports club.
Sports clubs and community groups across the country are putting on special events or activities as part of Join In Local Sport – a new initiative aimed at capturing the enthusiasm for sport generated by the London 2012 Olympics.
The Join In weekend is designed to help capture the spirit of the Games, enabling clubs to convert this once-in-a-lifetime wave of interest into help, support and membership from their local community.
Local sports groups will take advantage of this unique moment, creating a shop window within their communities for the opportunities there are for people inspired by the Games to help out, give time, support, watch or play sport.
Over the last three months over 5,000 events have signed up, representing every nation and region in the UK.
Football is represented, along with over three dozen other sports from athletics to swimming, canoeing to cycling, gymnastics, hockey and karate.
His Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge is a supporter of the initiative.
“The incredible achievements of Team GB at London 2012 would not have been possible without the work that goes on at sports clubs up and down the country to forge the athletes of the future,” HRH said.
“Join In UK will provide thousands of people a chance to volunteer in their local club or even try – for free – a sport that may be new to them and to experience for themselves, at whatever level of ability, the joy that sport can bring.”
To find out more and see what events are happening near you, visit joininuk.org and enter your postcode, or check out the video below for more details.