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Join In event taster…

Over 1,000 events have already registered for the Join In Summer - from 27 July to 9 September.

Whether you’re thinking about hosting an event (and see what others are getting up to!) – or you’re planning to help out or simply attend a Join In event this summer, here’s a flavour of some of our fabulous first 1,000…..

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The spirit of volunteering: Beeston Hockey Club

As part of the countdown to the Join In Summer (not too long to go!), we’re focusing on a different sport every month. For February, we grabbed our sticks and dribbled out to see what’s going on in the local hockey scene.

And we found the true spirit of volunteering over at Beeston Hockey Club in the East Midlands – recent winners of Hockey Club of the Year.

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Unsung heroes: South London Swimming Club

We were thrilled last month to be guests of the South London Swimming Club (SLSC) at Tooting Bec Lido – especially as our launch for Join In 2013 came the day before the biggest event in their calendar: the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships.

Once we’d had a quick dip in the, erm, refreshing 0.5-degree water, we decided to find out a bit more about what makes the club tick. So we asked those who know best: the volunteers.

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Ideas and inspiration

Stuck for event ideas for the Join In Summer?

Why not try one of these we prepared earlier…..

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Back to where it starts: Cardiff to London

That was an incredible weekend! Many thanks to all of the wonderful clubs, participants and helpers out who took part in the more than 6,000 events around the UK.

Powered by the Join In bus, we were able to visit many fantastic Join In events this weekend. The final leg of our journey yesterday was from Cardiff to South London. Here are the highlights:

Stop 1: Cardiff Wheelchair Team - see photos

Stop 2: Ninja Tots in Chippenham - see photos (too cute!)

Stop 3: Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club, with Jonathan Edwards, Olympic silver medallist David Florence and double Olympic gold medallist, Mo Farah (see above) - see photos

Stop 4: Tooting Bec Lido – see photos

Thanks again to everyone who turned up, took part and joined in!!

Back to where it starts: Glasgow to Cannock

There are more than 6,000 wonderful events happening for Join In Local Sport this weekend.

We couldn’t get to them all, but thanks to our Join In bus, we have managed to drop into a few local sports clubs.

On Friday afternoon, we began in Glasgow at Shettleston Harriers (see photos), before heading over the border to Norton Sports and Social Archery near Middlesborough (see photos).

On Saturday, the Join In bus made seven different pitstops. As well as our travelling athletes, Daley Thompson, David Moorcroft and Sharron Davies, we also brought a few surprise Team GB guests. 

  • Saturday stop 1: Leeds parkrun, the official launch event for the Join In Weekend, with Olympic gold and bronze medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee – see photos

  • Stop 2: Sheffield Cycle Speedway, with Olympic gold medallist, Jason Kenny - see photos

  • Stop 3: Huntingdon Gymnastics, with Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith - see photos

  • Stop 4: The Hellfire Harlots rollerderby team in Nottingham - see photos

  • Stop 5: Marshall Milton Keynes Athletics Club, with Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford - see photos

  • Stop 6: Cannock Hockey and Cricket Club - see photos.
  • Stop 7: We also made an impromtu visit to Ikeston Outlaws Basketball club - see photos 

The Join In bus continues its journey south today.

You can see the route here (pdf).

Sir Alex’s unsung heroes

It is the first day of the Premier League season, so it’s fitting that we share with you a little video we shot this week with the legendary Man Utd manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

When we told him about Join In Local Sport, he wanted to let us know about when he began playing football. Despite his incredible success at the top flight, he has never forgotten the neighbour, who gave his time to start a local football team for the boys in his neighbourhood of Glasgow. 

You can watch Sir Alex here.

Vote for the UK’s most promising young sportsperson

Who do you think should win the UK’s Most Promising Young Sportsperson award?

This weekend, Join In will give the award to one of six short-listed inspirational young people – but we need you to tell us who should win!

Our shortlist:

  • Shaun Swetman from Cardiff Wheelchair Tennis Club
  • Freddie Curtis from Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club
  • Tom Wilkinson from Norton Archers
  • Jocelyn Payne, Run Director at Leeds Parkrun
  • Mhairi Hendry from Shettleston Harriers
  • Jasmin Meier from Barnes Women’s Rowing Club 

You can find out more about each candidate on our Facebook page. To vote, you simply need to ‘Like’ your favourites! Find out more and vote now. 

When the Thorpedo came to Tooting

Tooting Bec Lido is one of Britain’s oldest and most popular open air pools. Over the last 106 years, it has welcomed many thousands of swimmers – but perhaps none greater than Australian Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe, who paid a visit this week to coach some of the local swimmers (young and old).

The Thorpedo also lent his support to Join In – and met the wonderful Doreen, the star of our advertising campaign.

As a regular BBC pundit during the Olympics, Ian has witnessed first-hand the incredible enthusiasm for sport that the Games have created in the UK. He now wants everyone to make the most of this moment – and head down to their local swimming club. Watch the great man below:

Yorkshire celebrates Brownlee double!

At Join In Local Sport there’s nothing we like more than an Olympic celebration party, especially when it’s staged by a local sports event.

So when Dave Woodhead (organiser of the races that got triathlon champs Jonny and Ali Brownlee into sport) told us about this little shindig we headed straight for Yorkshire to ‘join in’ the fun.

The day began with a race, held in honour of the local brothers, before the 250 competitors and volunteers decamped to the local for a pint of Yorkshire’s finest and to cheer the boys over the line.

Signed goodies and chocolates were given away and the the atmosphere was electric throughout the event. And when BOTH the Brownlees medalled, we reckon you could have heard the cheer in Hyde Park…

Join In Local Sport

Join In Local Sport is the UK’s biggest celebration of local sport – and you’re invited. On the Join In Weekend (18/19th August), thousands of clubs and community groups around the UK will be holding fun, free events and activities for all ages.

Many Join In events will also be happening throughout the two weeks between the Olympics and Paralympics (13-28th August). Search for your nearest event.

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