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Sporting legends to mentor talented young people

More than 100 talented young people from the south-east will visit the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus to receive expert training from British sporting legends.

On Sunday 21 November, world-class athletes will deliver a series of ‘Backing Talent’ workshops designed to help young people develop an understanding of what it takes to be an elite sports person. The event organised by Dame Kelly Holmes’ charity, the DKH Legacy Trust, will take place at the University’s Sport Centre.

The sessions will cover circuit training and mentoring in communications and media, physical wellbeing and nutrition, goal setting and planning and sport psychology. The day will also feature workshops for parents and coaches on how best to help talented youngsters.

The trainers include Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympian and double world-champion, Olympic rowers Toby Garbett and Sarah Winckless, and Paralympic skier Anna Turney.

Dame Kelly Holmes, Chair of the DKH Legacy Trust said: ‘There is a wealth of sporting talent in my home county. It means a lot to me that my charity, through the support of P&O Ferries, Kent County Council and other local partners is able provide this extra help and inspiration to our next generation of sports stars. I hope that with this support, in the future, there will be many other Olympic and Paralympic Champions who bring their gold medals back to Kent like I did!’

Mel Clewlow, Hockey double-Olympian and the University’s Sports Development Manager, said: ‘The backing talent programme is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of athletes to learn from some high profile sportspeople who have already achieved so much in their chosen sports.

‘The day will give athletes valuable advice which they can implement everyday to help them improve as individuals. I worked on a similar project and loved every minute of it, I only wish there had been something like this when I was starting my career.’

Graham Holmes, Director of Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation at the University, said: ‘We are delighted to be partners in the Dame Kelly Holmes Backing Talent Programme, along with Kent County Council Sport Leisure and Olympics Service.
‘We hope that the insight and experience of these elite performers will prove to be invaluable for the potential future sports stars who are just starting out in their sporting careers.’


Story published at 2:34pm 19 November 2010

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