Suffolk Olympian building a legacy

TeamGB Handball star, Louise Jukes is helping to build an Olympic Legacy for Suffolk.

Louise Jukes from Ipswich and Team GB Handball player at the London 2012 Olympics is working with Suffolk Sport, the County Sports Partnership for Suffolk to inspire 14-25 year olds to try this exciting Olympic sport.

Sports Xtra is utilising Sportivate funding from the Sport England Places, People, Play Olympic legacy programme to help run a series of Handball taster sessions in Lowestoft secondary schools and at Denes High School Community Sports Centre, which is hosting the first of 6 sessions aiming to inspire young people from Lowestoft to come and have a go. Louise will be visiting the opening session between 7 - 8pm on Friday 28th September and putting her Olympic knowledge and expertise to good use by helping those who come along.

Given the current high demand to take part in this exciting Olympic Sport, Working alongside England Handball, the national governing body for Handball, Suffolk Sport will use the inspiration of 2012 and to deliver a series of sessions across the county. Additional projects are planned for later in the year in Ipswich with Ipswich Town Charitable Trust coaching staff currently being trained to help support this programme.

Louise Jukes said ”London 2012 was a fantastic opportunity to let people know about Handball and what a fast and attacking game it is. I am determined to see that this isn’t wasted and that Handball can really inspire people to get involved. I am delighted to be able to support programmes like this and am looking forward to seeing a number of clubs being developed as a result. As an athlete who is competing at the highest level, I hope that I can use my experiences to provide inspiration to young people in Suffolk and really encourage them to take up handball.”

Suffolk Sport Chairman, Bill Tancred said “Suffolk Sport is delighted that Louise is able to help us build a lasting legacy for Handball in Suffolk. After the inspiration of the Olympic Games this summer and her own inspirational journey to get there, we hope hundred’s of young people will be playing handball across Suffolk as we aim to make Suffolk England’s most active County”

Run by Suffolk Sport, Sportivate aims to give 14- to 25-year-olds the chance to receive six weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice. Launched by Sport England, the £32 million National Lottery-funded project will help those who aren’t currently playing sport in their own time to get out and give sport a go.