Coronavirus, an update from Active Cornwall

GB Women's Modern Pentathlon Star and Sporting Champion to Inspire Youngsters in Cornwall

Heather Fell

England women's modern pentathlon star Heather Fell is set to inspire young people in Liskeard at a Sportivate learn to ride equestrian project this month that is one of the key initiatives to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Heather is an Olympic silver medallist and former world number one competing at elite tournaments across the globe.

Heather will be visiting the Sportivate horse riding project in her capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion. The session(s) will take place at Polmartin Riding Centre on October 19th and 16th of November from 3.45-5.45pm thanks to Cornwall Sports Partnership, who provide Sportivate funding in the area on behalf of Sport England.

Heather said: "I'm really looking forward to this exciting Sportivate project in Cornwall. I cannot wait to help them get them into sport and share my experience of proudly representing Great Britain. Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting young 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 aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be."

Polmartin Riding Club

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' coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.

Jayne Molyneux, the Strategic Lead for Youth at Sport England, said: "It is great to see Heather helping to inspire young people taking part in Sportivate to carry on participating in a sport they may never have 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."

Lewis Sanders, Project Co-ordinator for Cornwall Sports Partnership, said "Having Heather coming along and supporting the sessions.  To have someone of Heathers' quality to come along to offer hints and tips to these young people can only be a benefit to their long term involvement in the sport."

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.