A few weeks ago I returned home to the United States after spending two months studying abroad in London, and although I spent much of my time sight seeing and traveling about the country, it doesn’t take much thought to know the time I spent at SportInspired was some of the best I experienced in the UK.
Walking in my first day I didn’t know what to expect, but straight away as I was welcomed by Rosie, Kat and the rest of the SportInspired team I knew this was going to be a place I would smile walking into each day. From the beginning I wasn’t treated as an outsider, but a member of the family, and on the second day I was already out at Olympic Park for a SportInspired festival at the Copper Box Arena. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into preparing for these festivals, whether that be confirming schools and volunteers or making sure all the sport coaches would be there, but when you see the smiling and laughing faces of the primary school children running through the welcome tunnel it’s instantly worth it. These festivals allow children of any level of athleticism, of any level of involvement in physical activity, find a sport to fall in love with that they may not have found otherwise. These festivals teach these kids, and possibly the young leaders and adult volunteers as well, the true meaning of sport — and that’s a beautiful thing.
At no point during my time at SportInspired could I ever question the level of devotion the SI team had as it worked to achieve its goal. So, while it saddens me I won’t be able to be there every day to help, I take solace in knowing everyone who is there will get the job done. No question about it.
Thank you SportInspired, your impact on the communities you work with can never truly be measured.
SportInspired Intern Summer 2016