Sheffield’s Jess Ennis calls on Government to prioritise school sport

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JESSICA Ennis has urged authorities to ensure a legacy at both elite and grassroots level from London 2012.

Heptathlon gold medalist Ennis felt the Olympic Games lived up to their promise to ‘Inspire a Generation’.

But she also called on the Olympic Park Legacy Company to ensure the Olympic Stadium is retained for athletics.

“It’s got to because of all those incredible memories created there” she said. “It’s great that we’ve got the World Championships in 2017. But it’s so important to have that there as an athletics facility.”

The Sheffield icon also urged the Government to prioritise school sport.

“We would all like to see that because that’s one of the most important things - funding and how it is put into school,” she said. “I started in an academy, which was outside the school, but school sport is really important. You have to make it exciting and encourage kids and make it fun.

“When kids, especially girls, get to the age of 13 or 14, they don’t particularly think sport’s cool. It’s not a girlie thing to do. Hopefully, we’ve changed those views here, But it’s really important at school level.”