Five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave was in Hendon to meet student volunteers who have signed up to be ambassadors for sport in north London, ensuring the capital can deliver the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games sporting legacy .
The distinguished former rower was at Middlesex University’s Hendon campus to see the national ‘Sportsmaker’ programme in action for the first time. Middlesex is playing a major role in the scheme and the development of sport in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, with students and staff encouraged to organise and facilitate local sporting activities.
Sir Steve, ambassador for the recently launched programme, was shown round the university’s sporting facilities before taking part in activities including real tennis, rounders and hockey, as well as watching a demonstration of the combat sport Muay Thai.
The lottery funded Sportsmakers scheme is aiming to encourage people to inspire others to get into sport, and is part of delivering a legacy for London 2012.
Impressed by what he saw at Middlesex University, Sir Steve Redgrave said: “I’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm and people who are really into sport and activity. Sportsmakers is all about engaging people in sport by finding organisers who will help others get into doing activities – the aim is to get 40,000 involved nationally.”
Middlesex University’s head of sport and recreation Mel Parker said: “I am delighted Sir Steve was able to come and see what we are doing at Middlesex, in partnership with PRO-ACTIVE North London, to inspire people to take part in sport.
“The benefit to being involved with the Sportsmakers programme is far reaching for both the local community and for our students and staff who help deliver the programme. The Olympic Games are coming to London and we are making sure that we are playing a big role in its legacy in our local area.”
Middlesex University sportsmaker and international business student Sajeda Kazemi said: “I want to get more women involved with sport in north London using the university’s facilities. Working with the dance society and local gyms I will help run classes for ladies only.”