Coaches needed to meet surge

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Sporting bodies in South Yorkshire are calling for more coaches to get involved with athletics in the region following a surge in demand after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Inspired by London 2012, the South Yorkshire Athletics Network (SYAN) has reported large increases in the number of people coming forward to take part in their local athletics club sessions.

The SYAN is working with county sports partnership, South Yorkshire Sport, to ensure this demand is met by encouraging people to take advantage of the new coaching opportunities at local clubs.

Steve Gaines, Chair of the South Yorkshire Athletics Network, said: “It’s fantastic to see just how much the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have inspired everyone in South Yorkshire, and many to get active and apply to join their local athletics club.

“The knock on effect of this is we need more coaches to meet this increase in demand. We are looking to recruit and train a group of budding new coaches in South Yorkshire and would like to encourage anyone inspired to become involved in coaching to get in touch.

“You may be a former athlete who has been motivated to put something back into the sport, or someone who has no previous involvement, but believes they could inspire and help the next generation of athletes.”

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