BASKETBALL: England star to inspire youngsters

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre, Bruce Williams Way
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre, Bruce Williams Way
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Sportivate project at Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre

England basketball star Dru Spinks is set to provide inspiration to youngsters in Rugby at a Sportivate project this month that is one of the key initiatives to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 14 to 25-year-olds who aren’t particularly sporty six weeks’ free coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.

The Sportivate six week project starts on the Wednesday, June 25 from 8-9pm at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre. The aim of the project is to learn new skills, discover a sporting talent, have fun with friends or make new ones. It is just £2 per session. There’s no need to book, simply turn up wearing suitable clothing.

Dru has long been one of England’s top basketball stars and will be visiting the Sportivate basketball project at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, run by Better, the UK’s largest leisure provider on July 16 and 23 from 8-9pm in his capacity as one of Sport England’s Sporting Champions.

The event is happening thanks to funding from Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport, who lead the Sportivate programme on behalf of Sport England in the area.

Dru comments: “I’m really looking forward to this exciting Sportivate basketball project in Rugby. I cannot wait to help the participants get fully involved in basketball and tell them about my own experience of proudly representing England in the sport.”

Whilst on Tuesday, June 24, a Sportivate badminton project will take place from 5-6pm every Tuesday. This is just £2.50 per session and offers a gentle introduction to the sport for players aged 14-25 years old.