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Olympics inspire record sign-up

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: September 28, 2012

By Sarah Marshall

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RECORD numbers have signed up for athletics and football coaching courses in Stafford Borough after being inspired by the Olympics.

 Multi-sports athletics sessions at Rowley Park on Mondays have been jam-packed, with 46 people taking part compared to 20 last year.

 The borough council-run course was earmarked as a potential sell out for youngsters inspired by the performances of champions such as sprinter Usain Bolt and Heptathlete Jessica Ennis, as well as long jumping Gold medallist Greg Rutherford.

 The eight to 15 year olds are taught specific event fitness in sprinting, endurance, running, jumping, and throwing at Rowley Park Sports Stadium for just £2 per session.

 Catherine Pendlebury, the Staffordshire Athletics network coordinator, part of England Athletics, said: “We are really pleased with the numbers of those showing and interest in athletics and great to see the council committed to helping future athletes by delivering courses such as this.”

 The football coaching on Saturday mornings for five to 10 year olds at Alleyne’s Sports Centre in Stone has also beaten previous numbers - adding more than 50 per cent to the corresponding course last year. Youngsters receive football coaching under the eye of FA qualified coaches for £4 a session.

 And the council has also organised hockey coaching for five to 13 year olds on Mondays between 6pm to 7.20pm at Beaconside Sports Centre in Stafford for £2 a child.

 All of the sessions are offered on a pay and play basis so individuals can turn up on the day and fill in an application form. They can attend sessions as they wish throughout the duration of the courses.

 Councillor Mike Smith, cabinet member for leisure, said: “It has been amazing to see how much the country has got behind the Olympics, Paralympics and all those competing for Team GB. But more importantly these games have inspired so many in our community to get involved in sporting activities which can only be good for the health and future success of our nation.”

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