Olympic star backs Get Sheffield Fit scheme

Team GB diver Monique Gladding with youngsters promoting the Sportivate scheme to get people fit.
Team GB diver Monique Gladding with youngsters promoting the Sportivate scheme to get people fit.
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Team GB diver Monique Gladding has sprung into action to support the Get Sheffield Fit campaign which aims to get more youngsters into sport.

Monique visited trampolining sessions at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, Norton, as part of the scheme to inspire young people to get involved in sport.

Get Sheffield Fit is part of the National Lottery Sportivate programme, being delivered by Sheffield International Venues and Activity Sheffield.

Monique, who trained at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, said: “I’ve really enjoyed visiting the trampolining sessions at Graves.

“It’s given me the opportunity to hopefully inspire more young people and give something back.

“Following on from London 2012, Sportivate helps create a lasting participation legacy and offers many young adults a brilliant opportunity to experience a range of sports and continue their involvement in a particular sport.

“To be able to support this programme is a privilege for me.

“I feel my experience in competing at elite level can inspire young people and motivate them to get into sport and sustain their involvement.”

Sportivate is aimed for people aged 14 to 25.

It offers the chance to get involved in sporting activities including golf, ice skating, park running, athletics, judo and self defence, boxing, table tennis, trampolining, dance, cycling and mixed martial arts.

Sessions taking place as part of the programme are at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield and iceSheffield in Attercliffe, Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, Springs Leisure Centre at Arbourthorne, Concord Sports Centre at Shiregreen and Hillsborough Leisure Centre.

Lorenzo Clark, SIV operations director, said: “Having Monique visiting the scheme and inspiring young people is fantastic.

“The presence of sporting champions is a great asset of the Sportivate Get Sheffield Fit scheme.

Sports membership under the scheme is free for eight weeks of coaching, while gym membership is £28 for three months and eight one-to-one sessions.