Posted: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:32
Leicester-Shire & Rutland Legacy Roadshow
Inspiring everyone to achieve their own legacy
Shiv Thakor was recently involved in the 100th visit of the highly successful Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) Legacy Roadshow Programme (7th February).
The Roadshow was delivered in partnership with the 'A Chance to Shine' programme, delivered by Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket. Chance to Shine coaches develop the knowledge and skills of teachers through regular contact during sessions, in addition to delivering fun and engaging cricket coaching to the pupils.
County Cricket Boards connect club or community coaches to local schools, and last year they delivered cricket coaching sessions in just over 3,500 primary schools, with three-quarters of the 50,000 coaching hours carried out during curriculum time.
Shiv visited Evington Valley Primary School, the first school he attended as a child and where he became inspired to play Cricket. Shiv told the current pupil's about his cricketing story, answered questions from the pupils and provided a cricket coaching session.
Shiv said: "I remember sitting in assembly one day when some players from the County Cricket Club came into to talk to us and it really inspired me to play more cricket and work really hard at my game, it would be fantastic I could inspire just one of the pupils at Evington to go and do the same."
Shiv's cricket continues to go from strength to strength and it's easy to forget that he is only 20-years-of-age given his presence at the crease and the impact he has already made at Grace Road. Shiv became the youngest-ever centurion for Leicestershire in age group cricket, making it for the under-9s against Surrey. He became the first Leicestershire-born player to make a century on first-class debut for the club in scoring 134 against Loughborough MCCU in 2011. Last season, he captained the England U19 team before a finger injury cut his tour to South Africa short.
Ernie White, Leicestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Sport, said:
"The power of using elite athletes to inspire the next generation is fantastic. It's great that we have managed to get such a diverse range of athletes to go into schools and communities and tell their stories. It gives young people the chance to see that they are just ordinary people that have gone on to achieve extraordinary things through dedication, commitment and hard work."
On the back of the hugely successful Leicester-Shire & Rutland Olympic & Paralympic Roadshow programme in 2012/13, Leicester-Shire & Rutland (LRS) have developed a more wide reaching programme for 2013/2014.
The Leicester-Shire & Rutland Legacy Roadshow is a series of elite athlete visits to schools, clubs and community settings throughout Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. The Roadshow will engage Olympic and Paralympic athletes and also those from different sports, to inspire young people to take part in more sport and physical activity. The programme will also work with smaller groups within schools around more targeted workshops.
In the 67 visits undertaken in 2012/13, the Roadshow engaged over 15,000 people of which 12,500 were aged under-19. 15 Olympic and Paralympic athletes were involved in delivering a variety of different workshops, inspiring talks and practical sessions.
Using the inspiring memories of London 2012, LRS hopes that Legacy Roadshow can continue to motivate young people to lead more active lifestyles and hopefully unearth some elite stars of the future.