World class athletes inspire primary children

More than 4,300 primary school children have had the chance to try out a range of different sports this academic year, through Sky Sports Living for Sport Live events.

These sporting events, which have been led by world-class Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentors from a range of sporting backgrounds, have provided thousands of primary school children with the opportunity to take part in different sports activities.

Jenna Downing, in-line skate champion, who has run a number of the Live events, said:

These events have given young people the chance to try out new and different sports that they may not of tried before including boxing, rugby, gaelic football, fencing and judo. The aim is for young people to have a positive experience of physically active so they are more likely to take part in sport in the future.

Delivered through a partnership between Sky and the Youth Sport Trust, the events were supported by Sky staff volunteers and Young Leaders from Sky Sports Living for Sport secondary schools.  The events form part of Sky Academy, working with young people from primary school right through to starting their career, using the passion Sky has for TV, creativity and sport, to build skills and experience.   

This year, the 25 events have run across the UK and Ireland, engaging over 4,300 primary aged children and providing a great volunteering experience for over 2,300 of Sky's staff.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust said: “We would like to thank the fantastic Sky Volunteers, schools and Athlete Mentors who have all made the Sky Sports Living for Sport Live events a huge success this year.

They have been a true inspiration to so many young people and the efforts of everyone involved has really supported our mission to building a brighter future for young people through sport. We look forward to rolling the events out again next year, with the hope of inspiring more people to take up volunteering roles in their communities.”   

 

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