THE search is on for budding sports stars as a scheme that inspires the next generation of athletes relaunches.
Youngsters in Hartlepool and east Durham are being urged to follow in the footsteps of Hartlepool schoolgirl Emma Cassell.
The 12-year-old Manor College of Technology student was named North East Student of the Year in last year’s Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards.
Now the initiative is back for 2012 and new talent is being encouraged to follow keen swimmer and natural long distance runner Emma’s lead by taking part in the scheme.
A host of sporting stars are joining Olympic sprint legend Darren Campbell’s team of inspirational athlete mentors, who visit secondary schools to help inspire youngsters through sport.
Other sportsmen and women visiting schools to motivate young people include Commonwealth bronze medallist basketball star Drew Sullivan, Sue Smith, international women’s football star, and Michelle Vidler, six times British Judo champion.
Sue said: “Sport is such a powerful tool that young people can use to improve life skills.
“From my own personal experience I know how sport can truly help a person strive to get the best out of life.
“I’m very excited about the year ahead and meeting inspirational students across the UK.
“Sky Sports Living for Sport is a fantastic initiative that really makes a big difference to the lives of thousands of young people.”
Schools interested in getting involved in Sky Sports Living for Sport can learn more and sign up at www.skysports.com/livingforsport.