Local MP Jim Murphy was almost for the chop as he joined in with a local karate club to publicise the forthcoming 'Join in Weekend'.
The weekend of activities which is supported by Jim and Seb Coe is taking place across the UK and aims to get more people interested in sport. Join In, which has gained the backing of the British Government, has developed a new website – www.joininuk.org – where local sports clubs can advertise fun and exciting activities they have planned for the weekend in addition to people being able to find out information on how to make the most out of the weekend’s events.
Seb Coe, Chair of London 2012 described the ‘Join In’ project as “a great idea that means thousands of people across the UK can turn up and take part in local sports just after the Olympic Games finishes”.
Speaking after visiting Jim Bushido Karate Club at Clarkston Scout Hall where he joined in karate with kids and adults of all ages Jim said,
“It was great to see so many people out supporting a local sports club. I had a lot of fun and thankfully I survived! London 2012 has truly inspired a generation and the Join In Weekend is just the beginning”.
Bushido Karate Club is part of the Scottish Karate Governing Bodyand is run by expert John Elliot. John Elliot 6th DAN(Chairman) commented,
“It was great to have Jim along on the night. Karate is a fun, healthy sport for people of all ages and we’re always happy to welcome new members at our Bushido Karate Association clubs no matter age or experience.”
Jim also joined in with a trampolining class in Barrhead at the local sports centre, and said,
"The trampolining was great fun. The kids loved it and they are a lot better at it than I am. It was good to join in for the afternoon and hope that a lot of other local people join in a lot of different sports next weekend. I’m sure the Join In weekend will be a huge success”.
No matter how large or small an event, the ‘Join In’ campaign looks to get people from all ages and backgrounds involved in local sport. The weekend’s organisers are looking to capture the enthusiasm of the nation and bring it back to the place where it begins for all great athletes – their local sports facilities.
The Join In weekend is bound to be a success as people across thecountry get involved with local sports clubs. As well as the website, the lead up to the ‘Join In’ weekend can be followed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joininuk and Twitter@joininuk.