Sophie goes into colleges to build on success of Olympics

Sophie Kingsley-Smith, 27, who has been working at St Vincent College in Gosport and Portsmouth College as a "college sportmaker"

Sophie Kingsley-Smith, 27, who has been working at St Vincent College in Gosport and Portsmouth College as a "college sportmaker"

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A KEEN sportswoman has been engaging young people in sport and physical activity as part of a bid to inspire youngsters after the Olympics.

Sophie Kingsley-Smith, 27, pictured, has been working at St Vincent College in Gosport and Portsmouth College as one of around 150 ‘College Sportmakers’ who have been appointed across the country as part of a Sport England initiative.

She said: ‘I spend two days a week in each college and alternate the fifth day.

‘It is an important role as the biggest drop-out in sport is in the 16 to 24 age range.’

Badminton, zumba, women’s football and table tennis are among the sports she has offered to students at lunchtimes and after college.

‘The response has been great,’ she added. ‘One of the first things I did was to conduct some research to see what the students wanted. One thing I have found works really well is to target specific groups. For example I got some hairdressing students at St Vincent to do some rock climbing which went really well.’

Sophie is a former Portsmouth College student, who studied sports development at the University of Portsmouth. She is a competitive footballer and all-round sportswoman.

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