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Icons keeping the Olympic spirit alive in Nottingham

Sharron Davies and Jonathan Edwards today in Nottingham trying their luck with roller blading Photo: ITV Central

Previous Team GB medal winners were in Nottingham earlier today as part of a nationwide campaign to promote sport in the UK in the after glow of the Olympics.

Sporting icons Daley Thompson, Sharron Davies and Jonathan Edwards have joined forces to complete a cross-country challenge to visit a wide range of sports clubs over one weekend.

Part of their challenge took place at Nottingham's Southglade Leisure Centre where they got involved with a roller derby with members of the local community.

Nottingham's Southglade Leisure Centre with Sharon Davies on roller blades Credit: ITV Central

The former Olympic champions will tour the length and breadth of Britain aboard the Join in "Battle Bus", which will stop off to visit events at local sports clubs, encouraging the local community to join in as they go.

The campaign is called 'Join In Local Sport' and will see over 5,000 events happen across the UK as part of building the sporting and volunteering legacy from London 2012, the campaign marks the first national sporting weekend of its kind to be put on by a host country in the immediate afterglow of the games.

Daley Thompson in Nottingham earlier today at the roller derby. Credit: ITV Central

The charity is government funded with the specific aim of getting as many people as possible to turn up, take part and join in at their local sports facilities this weekend.

The scheme is backed by Team GB medal winners, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, David Cameron and Lord Coe the London 2012 Chairman.

The idea behind the campaign is to capture the spirit of the Games and encourage people to take advantage of their local sports facilities.

Enabling clubs to convert this once in a lifetime wave of interest into help, support and membership from their local community.

Jonathan Edwards with members of Nottingham's local community Credit: ITV Central

Over the last three months over 5,000 events have signed up representing every nation and region in the UK, and covering more than three dozen sports, from athletics to swimming, to canoeing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey and karate.

To find out what events are happening near you, simply go to the Join In website.

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