YOUNG people in Wigan have been offered coaching from top local athlete Jenny Meadows under a scheme run by the Wells Sports Foundation.
Sports clubs, schools and community organisations can apply for a visit from the Olympic athlete during which she will join in a range of hands-on sessions.
Barrie Wells set up the foundation to make sure young people have an opportunity to get involved in sport while the government considers the future of the Schools Sports Partnership scheme.
The athletes become heavily involved when they are visiting the groups and make a real difference in the children’s lives.
The foundation emphasises the importance of health and fitness ahead of the Olympic Games in London next year.
Mr Wells said: “I set up this scheme because I am really keen to contribute to the legacy of the 2012 Olympics.
“The Sporting Ambassadors scheme offers young people the chance to interact with some of the world’s most accomplished and up and coming athletes.”
Seventeen athletes from all over the country represent the foundation in their local communities.
Wigan’s local ambassador, Jenny Meadows said: “Through my role as a Wells Sports Foundation Ambassador, I am so keen to get involved with school events, amongst others, as it is through these influences that young people are educated in sport.”