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The Legacy 2012 charity Join In aims to place more volunteers in sport. It has announced that international sporting goods retailer INTERSPORT is now its official partner.

Legacy at grassroots level

The aim of the partnership is to strengthen the legacy, along with relationships with grassroots sports clubs, to make a lasting difference across the UK.

INTERSPORT prides itself on understanding customers’ needs. The brand concept – ‘Sport to the people’ recognises the role community plays in sport and physical activity.

Join In’s vision is to build a nation of active people. The collaboration matches over 250 local leaders from Join In with their local INTERSPORT store to make volunteer resources more accessible to grassroots clubs.

Community support

Minister for civil society, Brooks Newmark (MP), commented, “We believe that volunteers are at the core of thriving sporting communities, which is why we are proud to have supported Join In from the beginning.”

He added, “It’s fantastic to hear that INTERSPORT shares that vision and is committed to supporting Join In and delivering the ongoing legacy of the games.”

Join In’s research shows that each volunteer can facilitate up to twelve additional participants in sport. Through the partnership, Join In and Intersport will expand their engagement with local sports clubs and groups and support them by providing a strong volunteer network and the resources that they need to develop and grow. By matching aspiring volunteers looking to lend a hand with the 7 out of 10 regional sports clubs that need help, the partnership will enable more participants to lead healthy and active lives.

For more information on Join In please visit

Ofsted has published a report on how recent funding has improved the quality and breadth of PE and sport in primary schools.

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