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June 26, 2015
British GB boxing star Stacey Copeland provided inspiration to women and girls at Barrow ABC last week at it's Sportivate project that is one of the key initiatives to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds who aren’t particularly sporty six to eight weeks’ low cost coaching in a new sport and then helps them to continue to play.
Stacey is one of Britain’s most successful female boxers ever and has won numerous medals at international competitions across the globe in her glittering career.
She visited Brook Street Boxing Club in her capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion.
The session took place thanks to funding from ourselves, who lead the Sportivate programme on behalf of Sport England in the region.
Stacey said: “Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting 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 own aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be.”
Jeff Moses, Head Coach at Barrow ABC was delighted to have Stacey visit the club;
“After Stacey’s visit, there are a couple of girls – Ellie Livingston and Leanne Cairns – who are considering a move from training into the ring."
Jayne Molyneux, the Strategic Lead for Youth at Sport England, said: “It is great to see Stacey 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 four year target a year early.