Team GB volleyball player Lucy Boulton took to the court in Stowmarket with the launch of new weekly night sessions at the town’s volleyball club.
The Southend-based star showed off her skills and helped with the grand opening at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre.
Overall the event proved to be a huge success, with more than 20 adults and children attending, with some taking on the GB athlete.
Boulton, who was overwhelmed by the event, said: “Congratulations, what a great turnout!
“Thanks to Suffolk Sport and Sporting Champions for getting me involved with this Sportivate project.
“Hopefully we will get even more people playing volleyball.”
Boulton — who plays beach volleyball — arrived at the leisure centre on Friday afternoon and gave a talk about her career as a professional athlete and held a question and answer session for the members of the public to find out more about what it takes to become an elite athlete.
To help promote the launch, Boulton visited Stowmarket High School on Friday as part of the Sporting Champions Olympic Legacy programme.
She led a session with members of the local community and showed off her skills on the court, along with coaches from Stowmarket Volleyball Club.
The sport has seen a huge rise in popularity since the London Olympics last summer.
The new sessions are being funded by Sportivate and are supported by Volleyball England’s Go Spike campaign, with the hope that the programme will be a huge success.
Will Hopkin-Jones, from the Gipping Valley and Thurston School Sport Partnership who helped organise the school session, said: “The event helped continue the success of the Olympics and build upon the legacy.
“The pupils were inspired and we hope that many who attended today will go on to experience volleyball in their local community.”
Sessions at the centre will continue and are being run by Andrew Whitefield on Sundays from 6-7pm at a cost of £2 for under-18s and £4 for over-18s.