UK360 - Episode 49 - Sports Special

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24 June 2013, 12:00

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Joe Lynskey and Natasha Cox present this week's collection of inspiring stories from across the country, brought to you from Loughborough University, the UK's leading sports institution and the hub for Team GBs elite athletes.

This week's show takes a look at how sport is being utilised across the length and breadth of the UK to bring communities together and inspire the next generation of medal winners for Team GB.


It's now been nearly a year since the Games but since last summer, the 'Inspire a Generation' Olympic legacy has encouraged thousands of people to get involved in sports that perhaps they'd not even heard of before. The likes of volleyball, cycling, rowing and taekwando have suffered massive booms in able-bodied sports, but Paralympics GB has been running Sports Fest days aiming to introduce Paralympic sports to children with disabilities and inspiring them to pursue a career in athletics. 100m gold medallist Jonnie Peacock was among one of the stars to take to the Surrey Sports Park to see what one of the Sports Fests was like. And if you want to try out some new sports and meet some Paralympic heroes at one of the upcoming Sports Fests, visit

15 lucky winners of a prize draw organised by Groupon were given the chance to draw long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford. Groupon teamed up with Male Cancer Awareness Campaign to raise funds through a life drawing event. If you'd like to learn more about what Male Cancer Awareness Campaign are doing nationwide, visit

Now, when you hear 'cricket', you might think of it as a sport that should be played on grass. But the lack of green spaces in many inner city areas means many don't have access to play. However, StreetChance are trying to change this by providing free cricket sessions in such places across the country. Helped by a National Lottery grant of £1m, StreetChance has already worked with an incredible 27,000 young people nationally. If you want to get involved as well, visit

The Easton area of Bristol is one of the most deprived areas in the UK, with many of its young people being drawn into a life of crime. We see how Easton Street Sportz, a project organised by Access Sport in collaboration with the Somerset and Avon Police Force, has changed the lives of local teens through the beautiful game. Founded in 2004, Access Sport's mission is to empower community sports clubs so they can help young people in disadvantaged areas to access and enjoy sport. If you want to find out how you can help Access Sport support more communities or get involved in one of their clubs, visit

Remember, if you have a film that highlights an inspiring project in your community, email us at and it might make it to a future programme. 


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