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Mayor behind sports coaching scheme

PUBLISHED: 11:23 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:59 25 August 2010

THE Mayor of London has backed a plan to give free coaching to aspiring sports men and women. Boris Johnson and commissioner for sport, Kate Hoey, pledged their support for Play Sport London, featuring over 140 clubs that offering expert coaching and act

THE Mayor of London has backed a plan to give free coaching to aspiring sports men and women.

Boris Johnson and commissioner for sport, Kate Hoey, pledged their support for Play Sport London, featuring over 140 clubs that offering expert coaching and activities in some 30 sports.

The aim is then to direct participants to their nearest clubs where they can continue their chosen activity.

Mr Johnson said: "We want to see more Londoners taking up sport and getting active.

"Whatever your age or ability, Play Sport London is a brilliant opportunity to try something new or get coaching in a sport you already enjoy.

"I'm committed to making sport and physical activity more accessible to all and hope you will visit your local club to give it a go."

With funding from the London Development Agency (LDA) and Sport England, the project will run until September 30 with activities for people of all ages, whether able-bodied or disabled.

The scheme comes on top of the mayor's £15.5 million investment in grass-roots sport, announced earlier this year.

To find out more about events being offered, visit: www.london.gov.uk/playsport.

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