The Join In blog: Tagged "Olympics"

Be part of the team – say you're #IAmTeamGB today!
Be part of the team – say you're #IAmTeamGB today!

Join the team!

On Saturday 27 August, we’re teaming up with our returning lottery-funded Olympic heroes to create the nation’s biggest ever sports day, I Am Team GB – and you’re invited!

Brought to you by The National Lottery and ITV, there will be lots of great ways to get involved, including thousands of fun, free events across the country.

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Why Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club is taking part in the nation's biggest sports day
Why Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club is taking part in the nation's biggest sports day

A London 2012 tennis legacy

Since setting up during London 2012, Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club has grown to over 200 people taking part every week. Here they talk about being open to all and how they are looking forward to I Am Team GB.

How important do you think the Olympic legacy has been for the club?

“The London 2012 Olympics inspired young people to take part in sport whatever their ability. There was a massive buzz four years ago and the legacy must continue. Now it is the role of community sports clubs around the country to take the lead and ensure young people continue playing sport. Through providing enjoyable and positive experiences it will hopefully leave them wanting to come back for more!

How has the club grown since then?

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Helen Curtis, bottom row middle, is one of the London 2012 volunteers heading to Rio.
Helen Curtis, bottom row middle, is one of the London 2012 volunteers heading to Rio.

Join In’s Rio 2016 Legacy Volunteers

A few lucky volunteers from London 2012 are off to Brazil for Rio 2016. Here we kick off their adventures…

As a London 2012 legacy charity, Join In takes pride in the Games Makers and the impact they had on volunteering across the country. Many of our volunteers started their journey at London 2012, so with Rio 2016 just around the corner it’s no surprise that these dedicated volunteers are off to Brazil, to play their part and get closer to the action.

To celebrate these outstanding volunteers we’ve selected a group of Rio 2016 Legacy Volunteers. These incredible volunteers will be our eyes and ears in Rio, keeping you up to date with the latest from behind the scenes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (more…)

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Jacky at the Paralympic Games

Volunteering showed that “I could do anything…”

Volunteering changed Jacky Kirwan’s life. It boosted both her confidence and sense of wellbeing. She shares her story. 

“I was lucky enough to be part of the London 2012 Olympics and managed the last few days of the Paralympics. It was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget, as it changed my life.

I was stuck in a job that I was so unhappy in, but being part of something bigger than me brought my confidence back. It showed that I could do anything. From meeting the fans and other volunteers, it brought back a passion to help others – not for the praise, but to bring me back to me.

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Dave Moorcroft – still running it.

Dave Moorcroft runs through the ages

From childhood, we jog and sprint with the wind in our hair. But why do we do it? Dave Moorcroft explains why he chose to run at pivotal points in his life – as wide-eyed 11 year old, world record breaker and vicarious runner.

At 11

I started running when I was about 11 at my secondary school. It was too wet to play football in a PE lesson and they sent us off on a cross-country run. Everyone else hated it because they weren’t playing football, but I really enjoyed it. My dad took me to my local club, the Coventry Godiva Harriers, which I’ve been a member of ever since.

And then in 1964, I watched the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ann Packer won the women’s 800m for Britain and that was a flick-the-switch moment. When I looked at it I thought, “That’s brilliant. I’d love to do that.” (more…)

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Christian Malcolm does his bit for the #BigHelpOut.

Christian Malcolm Q&A

Linford Christie, coaching heroes and mental strength. We caught up with World Championship medal-winning athlete Christian Malcolm for a chat.

What do you miss most about competing?

I miss being in the big arena – the competition, the rivalry and testing myself against the best in the world. For me that’s all I ever lived and breathed – to be at the major championships, to be in those finals competing for medals.

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