GALLERY: Cambridgeshire athlete and Olympian Louis Smith greets Daley Thompson at Huntingdon gym today
Daley Thompson arrived at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club to be greeted by Louis Smith who was hosting an open day at his home club, where both he and fellow Olympian Sam Olden train.
Holding classes for all ages and abilities, the club which hosts elite, recreational and even classes for toddlers, welcomed aspiring athletes as well as children looking to try something new and get into sport into the gym this morning.
Louis Smith said: “It’s a great feeling to be back in Huntingdon to support the Join In weekend and give something back to the place where I became the athlete I am today.
“With the Games inspiring so many people we now have a real chance of getting more people into sport. Join In is the perfect opportunity to get out there and try something new - you never know what it may lead to”
The ‘Join In’ weekend is designed to help capture the spirit of the Games and bring it back to the place it begins for all great champions - their local sports facilities. 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. To find out what events are happening near you, simply go to the Join In website – www.joininuk.org – and enter you post code.
Over the last three months over 5,000 events have signed up representing every nation and region in the UK, and covering more than three dozen sports, from athletics to swimming, to canoeing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey and karate.
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It is all part of a nationwide grassroots campaign to capture the once in a lifetime opportunity of hosting the Olympic Games in the UK will see 5,000 events, happen across the UK, as well as some Cambridge, as part of building the sporting and volunteering legacy from London 2012.
The campaign will mark the first national sporting weekend of its kind to be put on by a host country in the immediate afterglow of the Games.
Backed by Team GB medal winners past and present, HRH the Duke of Cambridge as well as UK Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP and London 2012 Chairman, Lord Coe KBE, ‘Join In Local Sport’ is an independent charity funded by government with the specific aim of getting as many people as possible to turn up, take part and join in at their local sports facilities on 18th / 19th August - the first weekend after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.
As part of the campaign, sporting icons Daley Thompson, Sharron Davies and Jonathan Edwards have joined forces to complete a cross-country challenge, anchored by broadcaster John Inverdale, to visit some of these sports clubs over one weekend.
The former Olympic champions and London 2012 Olympic pundit are touring the length and breadth of Britain aboard the Join in “Battle Bus”, which will stop off to visit events at sports clubs along the way, encouraging the local community to join in as they go.
You can follow Join In Local Sport on twitter: @JoinInUK