County sports volunteers praised by Lord Coe

LORD Coe has hailed the dedication of thousands of people who were inspired to sign up as sports volunteers, including more than 300 from Northumberland.

Sport Makers was launched in October 2011 with the aim of getting people across the country to help out at a club or with sporting activities in their community.

Since then, around 38,000 Sport Makers have already dedicated at least 10 hours to volunteering in sport.

The Sport England programme is delivered by a network of county sports partnerships, including Northumberland Sport.

A total of 337 people in the county have attended Sport Makers workshops and so far, 208 have completed at least 10 hours of volunteering.

Lord Coe, who chaired the 2012 London Games organising committee, is the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador.

He said: “The Games Makers really opened our eyes to the contribution volunteers make to sport and it’s inspiring to hear how Sport Makers are making a difference in their local communities week in, week out.”