Top of the league for or­gan­ised sport

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE has topped the English league ta­bles for or­gan­ised sport.

More peo­ple take part in com­pet­i­tive sport in Buck­ing­hamshire than any­where else in Eng­land, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional Ac­tive Peo­ple Sur­vey.

And Bucks is also top in the coun­try for res­i­dents re­ceiv­ing sports tu­ition and for those tak­ing part in or­gan­ised sport.

The re­sults have just been re­leased by Sport Eng­land fol­low­ing the ninth an­nual Ac­tive Peo­ple Sur­vey, which tracks the num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als in­volved at re­gional, county and lo­cal au­thor­ity level.

The find­ings were wel­comed by Mark Ormerod, di­rec­tor of Leap, the Sport and Ac­tiv­ity Part­ner­ship for Bucks & Mil­ton Keynes, who said: “These re­sults are fan­tas­tic for us, fol­low­ing cam­paigns and strate­gies to at­tract more peo­ple into sports coach­ing, par­tic­u­larly fe­male coaches.

“Sup­ply of coach­ing and tu­ition is al­most meet­ing de­mand; how­ever as we suc­cess­fully at­tract more peo­ple to be ac­tive and play sport, the de­mand for more coaches also goes up, but this is a good prob­lem to have.”

Mr Ormerod urged in­ter­ested sports­men and sportswomen to sign up to the Leap Men­tor­ing Pro­gramme.

The ini­tia­tive is de­signed to sup­port and raise stan­dards of coaches by im­prov­ing tech­ni­cal skills and de­vel­op­ing the way they train oth­ers to achieve their own goals.

Coaches look­ing to reach the next qual­i­fi­ca­tion (Level 1 or 2) within their sport or ones keen to learn new skills and ap­proaches can ap­ply to join the free men­tor­ing pro­gramme by to­day (June 23).

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ex­press your in­ter­est in the men­tor­ing scheme con­tact Sion Kit­son of Leap by email­ing skit­son@ leap­ or call­ing 01296 585 580.

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