IAAF World Championships 2017: How to get involved

The 16th IAAF World Championships kicked off in London last week, and will be rounding up this Sunday, 13 August. From Usain Bolt’s bronze in his final solo race to Mo Farah’s triumphant 10,000m race, there’s been heaps going on – and we’re almost feeling inspired to give it a go ourselves.

Here are some ways in which you can get involved with sport in your community.

Take part in Team Personal Best, a project brought together by the organisers of the World Athletics Championships to encourage members of the public to get active and involved with the event by joining what they call “a national celebration of athletics” during the summer.

Look out for events in your area too. A roadshow geared towards children and young people to try out and experience different kinds of athletics while having a fun time is taking place today! The event is being organised by the North Ayrshire Athletics Club and takes place in Ormidale Park in Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Keep an eye on your local sports centre for fun activities to try out.

BBC Sport’s Get Inspired website has a list of almost all the sport activities coming up across the United Kingdom and a search function where you can find out about the events occurring closest to you and ways to get in touch and sign up. The website also has an A to Z guide of 76 sports with each detailing how you can take part in the sport but also has relevant features including inspiring interviews with Olympians and Paralympians, kids clubs, volunteering opportunities and more.

Scottish Athletics and its sister organisation sportscotland have a great list of other ways to get involved with sports clubs in your area as well as ways to apply for funding for your local sport club. Active Schools also operate in all local authority schools throughout Scotland to deliver sports education, and also offer sports clubs for school children after school – so ask your PE teacher what’s going on in your area and see how you can get involved.

If spectating is more your thing, you’re in luck. Over the last few years, Scotland has had a pretty incredible time in terms of sport, with the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup as well as other international championships – and there’s more to come! The inaugural 2018 European Championships will be jointly held in August of next year by Glasgow and Berlin. The events taking place in Glasgow as well as all over Scotland include aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and the triathlon. Official volunteering applications have now closed, however, you can expect there to be more organisations looking for help during the championships. Tickets for the event are already on sale and more community events are planned in the run up to the games.

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