Preston boxing star Lisa Whiteside is set to provide inspiration to youngsters in her home town tomorrow.
he 29-year-old world silver medalist will be visiting home club Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club and Academy, in Catforth Road, where she will be giving her support to a Sportivate boxing project.
Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic 2012 legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds, who are not particularly sporty, six to eight weeks’ free coaching
It also helps them find low costs ways to continue to play the sport and in her capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion, Whiteside is keen to promote the project.
Currently ranked No.3 in the world at 51kg, Whiteside is one of Britain’s top female boxers and is a four-times England champion.
The session will take place at Larches and Savick from 7-8pm and will be funded by Lancashire Sports Partnership, which provides Sportivate funding in this area on behalf of Sport England.
Whiteside is excited about attending and is hoping she can help raise young people’s aspirations.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to this exciting Sportivate project in Lancashire. I cannot wait to help get the youngsters into sport and share my experience of proudly representing England.
“Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting young people into sport and that is something I am really passionate about.
“I believe that as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I can inspire everyone in attendance to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be.”
Jayne Molyneux, the strategic lead for youth at Sport England, said: “It is great to see Lisa helping inspire young people taking part in Sportivate to carry on participating in a sport they may have never tried before.
“Our Sportivate programme is all about listening to young people and putting on taster sessions in a sport of their choice to help them make the step into community sport and set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life.”
Recent figures published in April 2014 have revealed that Sportivate has retained 357,789 young people and therefore exceeded its target a year early.