Sports scheme bids to unearth future stars

Potential Olympic stars of the future will have the chance to take their first hop, skip and jump towards glory in a UK sporting first next month.

Friday, 22nd July 2016, 1:42 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd July 2016, 2:44 pm
Youngsters get set for the future sports stars programme at Xscape. Picture: Andrew Bellis Photography.

Xscape in Glass Houghton has teamed up with Czech Republic-based SportAnalytik to run Future Sport Stars.

The two-week free event for August 8 involves a series of fun challenges for kids of any ability designed to find out where their individual sporting skills lie.

More than 280,000 children have already taken part across Europe since it launched.

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It’s pitched at youngsters aged five to 15. Trained staff will then measure each child’s ability during a 30-minute session and provide them with a free report – plus details of how to take their next steps in sport.

Xscape’s marketing manager Jade Elliott said: “How amazing would it be look back in ten years and say ‘here’s where we first helped discover this Olympic star’?

“This is a free, fun and exciting way of encouraging young people of all abilities to have a go. You never know, in some cases this could be life changing. It’s important to us that it’s free to encourage as many youngsters as possible to give it a go.”