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GB sitting volleyball star Richardson provides inspiration in Essex in London 2012 legacy project

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GB sitting volleyball captain Rob Richardson has helped provide inspiration to youngsters through a high-profile Sportivate project at Colchester Institute in Essex in what is one of the key initiatives to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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

Richardson led the ParalympicsGB sitting volleyball side at the London 2012 Games and visited the Sportivate session at Colchester Institute in his capacity as one of Sport England’s Sporting Champions.

"I’m really enjoyed visiting this exciting Sportivate sitting volleyball project in Essex,” said Richardson. 

"I’m hopeful that by using the Olympic and Paralympic stardust that remains in the air from London 2012, I helped motivate everyone in attendance to take up sport on a permanent basis.

"My goal as a Sport England Sporting Champion is to continue to work hard on projects such as Sportivate in order to help inspire even more people to take it up long-term.

"Now is the time to keep working as hard as ever to continue to inspire that generation.”

Figures published last year show that over 190,000 teenagers and young adults have so far benefitted from free or discounted six-to-eight week sports coaching courses through Sportivate and of these, 156,547 have successfully completed their course, missing no more than one session. 

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