Olympian Davenport visits Erewash stars

Ross Davenport is pictured with the youngsters of the Erewash Shooting Stars team.
Ross Davenport is pictured with the youngsters of the Erewash Shooting Stars team.

GB swimmer Ross Davenport has given Erewash youngsters at an elite sports training camp the benefit of his experience.

Up to 30 gifted and talented youngsters have been selected to take part in the Erewash Shooting Stars scheme, which is run by Erewash School Sport Partnership.

The programme aims to give pupils from school years five and six extra training to hone their skills and boost their motivation.

Initially, 38 youngsters were nominated to take part by their schools for being great all-round athletes. They attended training sessions, during which they took part in activities to test their speed, agility, balance, reaction time, stamina and endurance.

Each youngster was given a score card and those with top marks have now moved on to the next part of the programme. They will receive extra training and tips on how to improve and boost their motivation.

Ross was happy to share his experience with the youngsters. He said: “I have really enjoyed sharing my experiences and knowledge with this group. I hope they all continue to work and strive to achieve their own gold medal.”

The partnership would like to provide each shooting star with a kit and is looking for a sponsor or number of sponsors who would be willing to pay up to a total of £1,000 to fund this.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said: “We are so pleased schools across Erewash nominated so many talented youngsters and we hope they are really enjoying being part of the Shooting Stars scheme.

“We would love to provide these enthusiastic youngsters with some kit to wear at the sessions and would be grateful for any kind of sponsorship to help pay for this.

“The children really appreciated Ross’s visit. He brought along his Commonwealth Games gold medal and was wearing his London 2012 kit which really impressed the group. Hopefully this will motivate the youngsters to work even harder through the sessions.”

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Rhian on rlilley@_pdm@hotmail.com or by calling her on 01159898130 or 07920283716.