Olympic Gold Medalists visit Netball 4 Change

On Tuesday 29th January Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh visited a Netball 4 Change session at Burntwood School. Two stars of the Team GB hockey team that won gold in Rio 2016, Kate and Helen are the newest ambassadors for Laureus Sport for Good, who fund our Netball 4 Change programme in London. They made history that day becoming the first married couple to win Olympic gold for Great Britain for almost 100 years.

Burntwood School host one of ten Netball 4 Change sessions and it was the perfect occasion for our young people to get to know two British sporting giants who are wonderful role models, especially for female sport and the LGBTQ+ community. Role models are so important in the lives of young people and having them help to deliver our key messages around social media safety is invaluable to the success of Netball 4 Change. Kate and Helen took part in a brilliant session delivered by two of our fantastic young coach mentors and talked about their journey in elite sport, the issues they have faced and the impact of social media on their lives.

Netball 4 Change is a programme that uses the rules and the game of netball to teach girls and young women how to stay safe on social media. It empowers them to think more positively about their social graph, how it can affect their prospects for the future and raises awareness of negative social influences. For more information please contact Navjeet Sira.

Laureus Sport for Good support more than 100 sports-based community programmes in 35 countries to combat social challenges facing children and young people, such as violence and crime, discrimination, lack of education, unemployment and preventable diseases.​