Goughie puts fitness first in effort to encourage healthy lifestyle

Ex-England cricketer Darren Gough passes on a few cricketing tips to nine year old Jack Brownhill from Woodseats at the 'Sporting Celebration' event hosted by Decathlon Sheffield on Saturday.
Ex-England cricketer Darren Gough passes on a few cricketing tips to nine year old Jack Brownhill from Woodseats at the 'Sporting Celebration' event hosted by Decathlon Sheffield on Saturday.
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FORMER England Test hero Darren Gough was in Sheffield to persuade more folk to put aside their remote and get into sport.

The Strictly Come Dancing winner and Talksport host visited sports retailer Decathlon as part of a push to get more families into the great outdoors or on to the sports pitch.

Other former stars such as Sally Gunnell, Colin Jackson, Roger Black and Amy Williams are also involved in the campaign, leading family sports days at stores across the UK.

Barnsley-born ‘Goughie’ led by example during his visit - trying out a climbing wall, taking on rugby, football and basketball challenges and even climbing onto a surf simulator to set a baseline for customers to beat.

Hundreds took part in the event at the city centre store on Eyre Street, while more queued for autographs.

The former England pace man said he hoped his visit might act as a catalyst, persuading some to try a new sport or perhaps return to one they’ve dropped.

“I’ve always been up for a new challenge - it’s been skiing recently - so I think what Decathlon are doing is fantastic,” he said.

“It doesn’t always have to be about being competitive. It’s just been great to see so many people - both children and adults - having fun by giving something a go.

“We’ve got a tent at home and, even if we don’t use for holidays, we put it up in the garden and camp out once a year.

“Even that has to be better than just watching TV or playing a video game.”

Store manager Kate Pintara was pleased with feedback from the event.