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Youngsters get stuck into sport

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Leicester Tigers have joined forces with The Prince's Trust on a new scheme to help young people who are unemployed and not in education to Get Started With Sport.The Get Into Sport programme has been running at Welford Road this week with young people aged from 16 to 24 working towards a Level 1 qualification in Sport and Nutrition.   The programme aims to help young people who are currently unemployed and struggling to find work by developing their coaching, leadership and teamwork skills. They learn basic first aid, have access to an onsite gym and receive three months of support after the programme to help continue their progress.   Danhi Houghton, a former pupil at Leicester’s Moat Community College, said is taking part in the programme. He said: “I have been involved in other programmes in music and catering. When I come here, I come through gate 26, and I look at the red, green and white seats and I think ‘I want to play on that pitch’, and then I can come in and focus on my course.”   Rosa Levivas, Prince’s Trust executive for East Midlands, said: “The week is all about igniting the spark in them that makes them want to find their future path. Sport has the ability to give them this spark.”   Sam Swift, the Tigers Hitz manager, said he hopes the programme will create opportunities for the young people.   The Get into Sport week is one of a number of programmes that The Leicester Tigers Foundation delivers locally with a view to using rugby and the power of sports to motivate, inspire and educate people of all backgrounds.   More information on The Tigers Foundation is available at www.tigersfoundation.org   For more details on Tigers Hitz programme email [email protected] or see @HitzRugbyTigers on Twitter.