Olympic hero to 'mentor' potential school drop outs

PUBLISHED: 11:45 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:07 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH S double Olympic silver medallist and European sailing champion Joe Glanfield, has been chosen to inspire and mentor young people who are at risk of dropping out of school.

EXMOUTH'S double Olympic silver medallist and European sailing champion Joe Glanfield, has been chosen to inspire and mentor young people who are at risk of dropping out of school.

In his role as mentor Joe will visit students at schools across the UK as part of Living for Sport - a national initiative organised by the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with Sky Sports, to inspire young people through sport and re-engage them with school life.

They will be targeting young people aged 11 to 16 who are at risk of leaving school early whether through poor attendance or lack of confidence.

Using sport as a way to motivate and inspire young people, Joe will use stories from his childhood and experiences as a successful athlete to 'reinforce' positive behaviour.

In August 2008, Joe and team mate Nick Rogers competed at their third Olympic Games and won their second Olympic medal in the 470 class, Sailing.

Joe has been at the top of Olympic 470 Sailing for the past 10 years and won medals three times at the World Championships, twice been European champion and been ranked number one in the world and won silver medals at both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Joe said: "I am really looking forward to my new role as a Sky Sports Living for Sport athlete mentor. Hopefully I will be able to inspire the young people I work with to reach their goals and manage to instil some good behavioural messages in them. Sky Sports Living for Sport is a great scheme - I know that if I had had access to something like this as a child, I would have definitely benefitted from it."

Living for Sport is now available to every secondary school in the UK through a new online teaching and resource tool which builds on the success of an earlier programme that has already reached some 17,000 young people in over 600 schools.

By registering on the site, schools get the chance to secure an inspirational visit from Joe as well as access to case studies, planning tools and a host of resources and kit, such as t-shirts, jumpers and jackets.

Joe joins a team of athlete mentors, led by Olympic Gold Medallist and Living for Sport Ambassador Darren Campbell MBE.

For more information please visit www.skysports.com/livingforsport or www.youthsporttrust.org

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