And a large number of local clubs you can join and facilities you can use there are also national organizations which promote sport for young people like Sport England. There are also national funding programmers like the National Lottery which can give young people an opportunity to develop their sport. This section concentrates on these organizations. Almost all of them will be able to put you in touch with a local organization. This section also includes information on being a spectator and supporter. Most people’s experience of playing sport begins at school, either in the playground at break time or in games lessons. Some people love school sport and go on to play in their spare time. For others it is a weekly chore and the sooner it is over the better. If you never really liked sport at school you probably won’t feel very enthusiastic about taking it up later.
But sport is a very broad term and just because you had a miserable time doing cross country at school does not mean you will not enjoy archery or rollerblading for example. Perhaps you are just not so good at running but you might have a really steady arm for snooker! Some of the most popular sports are easy to play without much equipment The most important thing about sport is being able to participate in it. The more you play the better you get. You may find that you want to play in a team and compete with others and this is the point when your sport gets more serious and questions about equipment, access to facilities and travel costs become more important. Sport is also a great way of getting to meet people. If you are stuck at home or feeling lonely, joining a sport club can give you an excuse to meet new people. In the section on different sports we have included information on how much it costs to play the sport, where to go for a contact and what kind of opportunities there are for disabled people.
All local authority leisure departments provide sports facilities in their area. The programme is intended to run for 10 years. Call your local authority to find out what is available for you locally. You do not have to play sport in a sports hall or recreation center, kicking a ball in the park, walking the dog or practicing yoga at home are all beneficial sporting activities. You and a group of friends may like to form your own football team, running group or perhaps even a Frisbee challenge team! All of these activities can be enjoyed informally. If you want more details about any sporting activity, contact one of the sports organizations in our listing. There are a number of organizations promoting sport in the development of a particular sport. Here we have included details of organizations promoting a general interest in sport, including the Sports Council, National Coaching Foundation and the Sports Council Lottery Fund.