England striker Smith signs up as a mentor for school initiative

England hot-shot Kelly Smith. Picture (c) Helen Rees
England hot-shot Kelly Smith. Picture (c) Helen Rees

England women’s football star Kelly Smith is one of 12 sporting heroes who have been named as Athlete Mentors for the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme during the new academic year.

Arsenal ace Smith and Paralympic football star Alistair Patrick-Heselton will be allocated to schools in the east of England.

Now in its 11th year, Sky Sports Living for Sport is a free secondary schools initiative, delivered in partnership with national charity the Youth Sport Trust, which uses sport stars and sport skills to improve the lives of thousands of young people across the UK and Ireland.

John Steele, chief executive at the Youth Sport Trust said: “It’s exciting to welcome so many inspirational athletes to the team; each one has a different personal journey, which has seen them overcome a range of challenges to achieve success.”

Schools interested in getting involved in Sky Sports Living for Sport can sign up at www.skysports.com/livingforsport