Team GB boxer urges South Shields youngsters to get into sport

Amanda Coulson with some of the girls from Ocean Road Community centre.
Amanda Coulson with some of the girls from Ocean Road Community centre.

A boxing star has been inspiring South Tyneside young people to get involved in sport.

As part of a national initiative to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, GB boxer Amanda Coulson has twice visited Ocean Road Community Centre in South Shields.

She gave a motivational talk to young women from the local BME community and provided an insight into her sporting career.

Amanda has won numerous medals at national and international competitions.

As Sport England Sporting Champion, she visited the town as part of Sportivate – the £56million National Lottery-funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds who wouldn’t normally get involved in sport, the chance to participate.

Amanda said: “I was really looking forward to this exciting Sportivate boxing project in South Shields, and couldn’t wait to help the participants get fully involved and to tell them about my own experience of proudly representing Britain.

“Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting young people into sport and that is something I am really passionate about.

“I believe that as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I could inspire everyone in attendance to raise their own aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be.”

The BME ladies multi- sports group runs weekly at the community centre.

Councillor Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “It was wonderful to see Amanda coming to engage with the community and help to inspire young people as part of the local Sportivate initiative.”

“She is an excellent role model in an ideal position to help motivate some our younger generation to get involved in sport and to encourage them to continue participating in sports and activity in the future.”