Louis is team’s Olympic in­spi­ra­tion

Star gym­nast vis­its Whit­tle­sey foot­ballers who have ben­e­fit­ted from fund­ing scheme

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Year Hon­our’s List, took time to speak to the young­sters and sig­nau­to­graph­sasalarge­crowd gath­ered to see him.

The 23- year- old also prac­tised some of his foot­ball skills be­fore watch­ing the girls take part in a train­ing ses­sion.

Louis told the PT: “It was great fun coming here and watch­ing the team, who have ben­e­fited from the Bar­clays scheme.

“When I was grow­ing up we didn’t have things like this, it’s a great ini­tia­tive.

“Af­ter the 2012 Olympics, it was my hope that the main legacy of the games would be that more young peo­ple be­come in­spired to take up sports.”

Louis­re­vealedthathe­is­prepar­ing to take part in the Strictly ComeDanc­ingTourlaterthis month, de­spite back aches.

“The tour i nvolves nine showsin­sev­en­days, soit’s go­ing to be hec­tic but I’m really look­ing for­ward,” he added.

Gary Swan, chair­man of the Whit­tle­sey un­der 16s team, said: “We’re hon­oured that Louishas­de­cid­ed­to­comea­long and show his sup­port.

“The girls have been very pleased­tosee­him. The­club­has made great progress in re­cent yearsandthe­fund­ingwe’ve­had can only help that to con­tinue.”

Olympic medal­list and TV’s Strictly Come Danc­ing win­ner Louis Smith, trains with Whit­tle­sey U16s girls team at Manor Leisure Cen­tre, Whit­tle­sey.

Louis kicks off the train­ing with the Un­der 16s foot­ball play­ers.

Medal- win­ning ath­lete Louis.

Strictly champ Louis Smith cre­ates ball room with So­phie Pow­ell ( 15).

The Olympian puts “the Louis” hair­style at risk as he heads the ball.

Louis is ready to help the Un­der16s with their train­ing.

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