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Get Active Lanarkshire organisers appeal for further volunteer applicants

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:58 GMT on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

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MEMBERS of the public have been lining up to volunteer for Get Active Lanarkshire, on June 1st, 2013 – and the event’s organisers are appealing for even more Lanarkshire residents to step forward and help out at the event. 

The Get Active Lanarkshire event will be held on June 1st at Strathclyde Country Park, and a host of volunteers have now been selected to help visitors to find their way around the event arena as well as signpost them to stands, stalls and activity areas, on the day.

Commenting, Volunteer Michelle Thomson from Motherwell said: “I think this event is a great idea and will be a fantastic day and I just wanted to be part of it.”

Fellow volunteer Peter Blackmore from Coalburn, who is also a coach at the Motherwell Athletic Club, added: “I think it’s terrific that an event like this is promoting a healthy lifestyle and I just want to do my part to help.”

Get Active Lanarkshire is part of a Commonwealth Games legacy initiative which aims to encourage Lanarkshire residents to get more active more often by increasing their physical activity in the run up to and beyond the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

It is being led by a partnership of agencies including NHS Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC), North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL), Healthy Working Lives, the University of the West of Scotland and the voluntary sector.

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Roisin Hopkins, Get Active Lanarkshire coordinator, said: “This is shaping up to be a fantastic day and everyone who attends will be able to find out about the many benefits of adopting a more active lifestyle as well as the vast array of clubs, groups and services they can access to help them do this.

“They will also get a chance to try out activities which they may have always wanted to try but haven’t had the opportunity.”

Dougie Holmes, Sports Development Officer, at NLL said: “A big part of Get Active Lanarkshire is the pledge which we want to encourage everyone to sign which asks people to make a commitment to make even a small change to their everyday life to increase their physical activity.

“For some this may mean joining a club or group, but for others it could mean walking the dog longer or using the stairs instead of the lift.”

The Get Active Lanarkshire fun day will take place on Saturday 1 June at Strathclyde Country Park from noon to 5pm.

For more information or to sign the Get Active Lanarkshire pledge, visit:

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