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Boost for grassroots sport

Posted: Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:17

Boost for grassroots sport

Courtney is one only 11 newly-graduated students across Leicestershire and Rutland who will not only benefit from a 12 months' paid experience and free membership to CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity), but also add support to a much-needed sector.

The new graduate trainee post at the Borough Council has been partly-funded by Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport's sport and physical activity trainee programme. The 12 month programme inspired by the 2012 games, has been developed by local partners and has created 11 entry level posts for new graduates throughout Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

All 11 graduates are supporting local sport and physical activity initiatives including the School Games, Sport Makers (a sports volunteering project) and Sportivate, a programme designed to get more 14 – 25 year olds involved in sport.

Courtney has a strong background in sport that she now hopes to put to good use by inspiring others in Hinckley and Bosworth to get involved in physical activity. The recent graduate studied Sports and Exercise Science plus Sports Development at Loughborough and also plays football in the FA Women's Tesco Premier League for Coventry City Ladies FC. She has represented England at youth International level as well representing team GB at the World University Games in China.

Courtney said:

"I look forward to putting what I have learnt in to practice in Hinckley and Bosworth. I love all types of sport and physical activity and look forward to developing and co-ordinating programmes that encourage people to take part."

Andy Reed OBE, Chair of Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport said:

"With the sport and physical activity sector under significant financial scrutiny and budget pressures, leading to limited local capacity, the graduates will give a much-needed boost to grassroots sport."

Councillor David Cope, the Executive Member responsible for Culture and Leisure at the Borough Council, added:

"I am delighted that the Borough Council has been able to play its part in providing a real career opportunity for a young person especially at a time when we are experiencing high levels of unemployment. Not only does this give Courtney a great start in a rewarding career, but it also offers a great opportunity for Hinckley and Bosworth residents to benefit from Courtney's sporting skill and experience."

Tags: Hinckley, LRSport, Sport