Sheffield youngster encourages more children into sport

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A talented youngster from Sheffield is spearheading a new campaign aimed at getting more children involved in sport.

Alfie Griffiths, aged five, is fronting the ‘Skills for Life’ campaign, launched to teach more children key life skills through sport.

The youngster, from Heeley, got involved in gymnastics over a year ago at Springs Leisure Centre, Arbourthorne, and now having swimming lessons at the venue.

His mum, Carolyn Griffiths, said: “Gymnastics has been a great thing for Alfie to do, both socially and physically.

“At first there weren’t many other boys that went, but the male numbers gradually increased and he’s made a lot of friends there. It’s helped in every aspect of his life.

“Alfie had got to school age and couldn’t go to Tumble Tots anymore, something he used to do regularly, so it was a natural progression to go to gymnastics, and now swimming at Springs.”

Springs Leisure Centre run by the Sheffield City Trust, which was set up to improve the health and wellbeing of Sheffield residents.

SCT’s Skills for Life initiative aims to highlight how sport can encourage the development of skills including confidence, leadership and communication.

Carolyn praised the facilities on offer at the leisure centre.

“The facilities are perfect for someone just starting sport – and it helps that Springs is quite small, so it’s not as daunting for the smaller children,” she added.

“And now we don’t know how far Alfie will go with this. It’s certainly given him a different dimension in his young life.

“He was quite shy at first, but nowadays when he gets there he loves it.”