Olympics Legacy Charity Launches

Sir Keith Mills 'extremely pleased' to launch UK-wide sported. charity

Sir Keith Mills, the Deputy Chairman of LOCOG, has today officially launched his London 2012 legacy organisation, sported. across all six provinces of Northern Ireland.

Supported by Caral Ní Chuilín MLA, the Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure, Sir Keith outlined sported.’s role as part of the London 2012 legacy and expressed his delight at the progress which had already been made in Northern Ireland since sported. began operating there in March this year.

'We are extremely pleased to be operating in Northern Ireland and the success of our programmes to date obviously demonstrates just how strong the need is for these services,' said Mills. 'We are dedicated to changing the lives of young people through sport and I am looking forward to following our efforts in achieving this goal in Northern Ireland.'

Welcoming the launch of sported., the Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: 'We have all been inspired by sport recently - through the hugely successful Olympic and Parlaympic Games, the recent triumphs Ulster teams have enjoyed in Gaelic Games, the remarkable achievements of our local golfers and the current run of good form displayed by Ulster rugby.

'These successes show how much sport matters in our community. Through sported., community sport will continue to develop enabling more engagement with young people and therefore help to deliver truly world class sporting opportunities in the north.'

sported. is the UK’s leading sport for development charity. Established in 2009 as a direct result of the legacy promises made by Sir Keith and Lord Seb Coe, it aims to empower community groups to improve the lives of disadvanged young people through sport.

As well as providing Members with access to funding, sported. operates a unique business Mentoring programme which ensures these groups remain sustainable and can continue to provide much-needed sports programmes in their communities.

sported. opened for Membership in Northern Ireland in March 2012 and already has over 100 Members, it has given out almost £10,000 in funding to date and many groups have benefited from the charity’s volunteer mentoring scheme.

sported. Northern Ireland Manager, Brenda Kelly added: 'I am delighted to be part of supporting the amazing work of groups in Northern Ireland who are making a positive impact on the lives of young people using sport for development. We know there are many more groups that could benefit from sported. membership and I would urge them to contact us.

'Our member groups are doing incredible work and we are looking for volunteer Mentors to help to support them to develop and sustain their work. We would be delighted to hear from individuals who would be interested in using their skills and knowledge to support member groups here in Northern Ireland.'

sported. is the only UK-wide sport for development legacy charity with offices across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The charity has almost 2,000 Members and continues to grow rapidly operating across 65 different sporting codes.

The charity specifically targets grassroots sports organisations who provide sport to disadvantaged young people in an effort to create social change in their communities.