SCHOOLCHILDREN in Grantham will be the first to benefit from extra sports coaching and opportunities thanks to new charity Inspire Plus.
Vincent Brittain runs the charity, which launched on Tuesday.
He decided to start the charity after School Sports Partnerships, which started the young ambassador scheme to encourage children to inspire their peers, had their funding cut by the Government last year.
Vincent and former young ambassador Debbie Foote started a petition against the cuts, which gained 660,000 signatures - 8,000 of which were from this area.
The Government did a slight U-turn and returned some funding to the competition aspect of the partnership but not the whole scheme.
Vincent said: “Twenty-five per cent of young people now volunteer - when the partnership first started this was just five per cent. Unfortunately the Government didn’t recognise that. We were very lucky because local businesses saw the benefits of the School Sports Partnerships and supported us financially.”
Inspire Plus gained its charity status three weeks ago and already it has gained incredible support.
Vincent said: “It’s going really well. Every school has been supportive.
“I have to pinch myself sometimes to believe that local companies and schools are supporting their local charity so much. People have been absolutely fantastic.”
The charity will be putting sports coaches into schools to support club and school links, it will be supporting and developing pupils with low confidence and gifted pupils by giving them access to PGL Caythorpe, it will be training volunteers and teachers to help improve sport in schools, and lots more.
Chairman of the charity’s trustees David Price, from South Kesteven District Council, said: “I’m pleased to be part of this exciting scheme. It’s fantastic to see pupils bubbling away and getting excited about helping other young people.”
l To find out more e-mail Vincent at firstname.lastname@example.org