Thousands taking up sports following Olympic beach sessions in Dorset
Thousands of people in Dorset are still seeing the benefits of the Olympic and Paralympic Games taking part on their doorstep.
Weymouth and Portland hosted sailing events at the 2012 Games, while over 100,000 people rekindled or discovered a passion for sport at the sports arena on Weymouth Beach.
Over 25 sports were offered including rugby, rowing and wheelchair basketball at the arena organised by Active Dorset County Sport Partnership and backed by Sport England.
Active Dorset Chief Executive Martin Kimberley said: "We are delighted to see all ages, genders, disabled and non-disabled people coming together to celebrate taking part in sport.
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"So many people who admitted they didn't think sport was for them have changed their minds and are now looking to get involved. We have already seen a surge in applications for local clubs and are working to make sure everyone who came and had a great time is linked up with an appropriate local offer to continue their participation."
Following the arena success, 600 people turned up at an opening session at Weymouth Rugby Club, while two new wheelchair basketball clubs have been created for both disabled and non-disabled people.
Michael Dronyck from The South Coast Tigers, who ran the wheelchair basketball sessions on the beach, said: "The live site was an outstanding success, the sessions started in the morning and never ceased until the end of the day.
"Everyone that had a go wanted more and I have received numerous requests to deliver more wheelchair basketball sessions."