Pompey players help youngsters get active with sporty programme

Ricky Holmes with Jamie Bruce
Ricky Holmes with Jamie Bruce
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POMPEY players were out hoping to inspire youngsters to take up sport.

They were at the launch of the Premier League 4 Sport programme run by Pompey in the Community and Portsmouth School Sport Partnership.

Students from five secondary school were at the event at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth. Pompey’s Ricky Holmes, Simon Ferry and Joe Devera attended.

Adam Lea, education manager for Pompey in the Community, said: ‘It’s to get kids seeing what other sports there are that they might not take part in during normal school hours.

‘It’s also to hone their skills and hopefully raise awareness of the sports we’re running to get them to come along after school.’

The programme gives youngsters the chance to participate in different Olympic sports with all sessions held after school hours in various locations across the city.

Rob Andrew is the head of PE at Warblington School in Havant.

He said: ‘It’s the sort of thing we enjoy coming to.

‘The more fun opportunities kids get at this age, the more likely they are to continue sport for the rest of their life.

‘We’ve got some people here who are incredibly active now, but we know that there’s a serious risk of that stopping when they are old enough to leave school.’

Year nine pupil Holly Brailey, 13, said: ‘They are different to what we usually do. We get to try different things and see what we are good at.

‘PE is different to all the other subjects. It’s more like team work.’

Year eight student Conner Grant, 12, said: ‘It seems fun. You can try out new things and you could find a sport that you’re good at.’