Olympics come to club near you


tHE official programme for Longridge’s exciting ‘Twenty Twelve’ sports event has been released.

Organisers have put together a jam-packed calendar of activities for the 12-day sporting extravaganza, which will kick-off on July 13.

Longridge Golf Club, the Cricket Club and Longridge Town FC, as well as Ribble Valley Athletic Club, will all host free taster sessions in a bid to encourage people to get involved with their local clubs.

The programme has been designed to help Longridge build a “sporting legacy”, ahead of the London Olympic Games in 2012.

It is hoped more than 2,000 people will be inspired to join in the fun, and take up a new sporting pastime, led by professional teams of qualified sports staff and club officials.

Activities will cater for all ages, from sporting beginners to the more experienced.

Colin Winterbottom, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s leisure and sports development manager said: “This event is very much about getting as many of the local clubs involved as possible, and helping to attract new members to fantastic sporting facilities around Longridge.

“We want to make people more aware of their local sporting opportunities, and get them to take advantage of the fantastic taster sessions, which are at no cost and to actively support them.”

Clubs will hold training sessions on weeknights, while on the weekends sports, including archery, tag rugby, skiing and golf lessons will be held during the day.

On Thursday, July 21, plans are in place for a dedicated evening of dance, with classes for people of all ages, with styles from cheer leading, hip hop, street and jazz to line dancing.

The final day of the event will conclude with an energetic Zumbathon, at Longridge Sports Centre on Sunday, July 24.