A group of local girls were inspired by a Great British judo star, at a special ‘multi-sport’ event in Clowne.
Judoka Sophie Cox was the special guest at Clowne Sports Centre on 25th February, at Bolsover District Council’s Sportivate ‘Here Come the Girls’ session.
The programme is aimed at girls at 13 and over, and supported by Derbyshire Sport.
To help inspire and motivate Sportivate participants, Sport England’s Sporting Champions team of current and retired elite athletes, many of whom competed at London 2012, visit sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.
In her capacity as a Sporting Champion, GB star Cox spoke to students about her achievements, including her memories of London 2012 as well as showing participants her array of medals.
The girls then enjoyed participating in a judo session led by the elite athlete.
She was delighted to meet the local youngsters and pass on some of her skills.
She said: “I was thrilled to be able to share my knowledge and experience with the girls.”
“The opportunity to support such community sports programmes is a real privilege for me.”
“I’m hopeful that by using the Olympic and Paralympic legacy from London 2012 and through my experiences in competing at elite level, I was able to inspire the young people in attendance to sustain their sports participation.”
Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for social inclusion, Coun Ann Syrett said the girls were thrilled with their first taste of the martial art.
“We were honoured that Sophie was able to attend and lead a session for some of our female students,” she said.
“None of them had previously had the opportunity to participate in Judo before and it was great to see how much the students enjoyed participating in a new sport.”
“They were really disappointed when the hour long session finished.”
One of the lucky youngsters added: “I really enjoyed the session and it was fun being her volunteer,.”
Another added: “It was really fun and a great opportunity to take part in a new sport.”
The council were awarded funding to put on eight Sportivate sessions, with participants being able to choose a sport or activity.
Frisbee, Zumba and badminton are some of the activities students have recently participated in.
Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds who aren’t particularly sporty six to eight weeks’ free coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.
New figures published this year show that almost 250,000 teenagers and young adults have benefitted from free or discounted six-to-eight week courses delivered through Sportivate.
For information on Sportivate programmes in the Bolsover area please call 01246 242364 or visit bolsover.gov.uk/index.php/leisure-and-culture/sports-sessions