Council gets Olympic endorsement

Pictured, left to right, Council Leader Cllr Eion Watts, Council's Senior Sports Development Officer Jenny Carter, former BLACA member and local Bolsover FA Coach Laurisa Robson and the Council Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion Cllr Ann Syrett celebrating the Inspire Mark award.

Pictured, left to right, Council Leader Cllr Eion Watts, Council's Senior Sports Development Officer Jenny Carter, former BLACA member and local Bolsover FA Coach Laurisa Robson and the Council Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion Cllr Ann Syrett celebrating the Inspire Mark award.

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LONDON 2012 Olympic Organising Committee members have awarded Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy the Inspire mark in recognition of its excellent community programme.

The committee’s Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

BLACA, which is a Bolsover District Council led scheme, provides a two tiered approach to raising the aspirations and skill base of local people across the district.

Since it started in July 2010, BLACA has been going from strength to strength and has already seen eleven people from the course offered employment in the leisure industry and over one-thousand five hundred hours of community and voluntary work has been undertaken.

District council social inclusion chief, Cllr Ann Syrett, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Inspire mark and it shows that our approach to grass roots participation will lead to a lasting legacy and get more people involved and active in sport in the lead up to the 2012 Games.

“In fact, we have already seen one of our participants, Laurisa Robson, go onto bigger and better things after being chosen as an FA Leader to coach youngsters in Trinidad and Tobago - a true lasting legacy thanks to the BLACA programme.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of any athlete’s career and by providing individuals with the opportunities and the right skills through our BLACA scheme, we are hopefully putting them on the right track and inspiring them to reach their goals.”

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, said: “We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire programme is recognising the work of our partners.

“I congratulate everyone involved in Bolsover District Council’s Leadership and Coaching Academy for securing the Inspire mark and wish them every success.”