This week we had the pleasure of hosting Prince Harry once again, as he paid a special visit to Sported member Pink Lizard, as part of a series of engagements in Leicester on Tuesday [21 March 2017].
Pink Lizard is a youth and community organisation based in the Saffron Lane estate in Leicester. The organisation uses sport to build confidence, tackle negative behaviour patterns, and help get young people back into education, training or employment.
During the visit Prince Harry was shown around by Pink Lizard founder Adey Hinds, Sported’s East Midlands Manager, Cheddi Gore, and Sported volunteer and Pink Lizard mentor, Steve White MBE.
Here’s Steve to explain how the day went…
“There are days in your life that just give you a massive lift – Tuesday was such a day! Why do we bother to get involved in local projects which on the face of it have all the odds stacked against them?
Well let’s take Pink Lizard. Situated in the heartland of downtown Leicester, the organisation serves the people of the Eyres Monsell and Saffron wards (which happens to be where I was born and currently live).
Four years ago I was approached by Cheddi to get involved as a volunteer mentor for the Pink Lizard. To be honest Adey Hinds, the inspirational leader of the project, is very light maintenance – a phone call here and there, an invitation to a sporting or musical event, a bit of advice on funding streams etc..
How thrilled I was to learn then that Prince Harry had decided to come to the Southfields Community Centre and meet the Pink Lizard fraternity.
To put it quite simply from what I witnessed Prince Harry was fantastic – down to earth, engaging and full of fun. The youngsters involved had a great opportunity to demonstrate their sporting skills, explain what they believed in and Martina, a Pink Lizard member, sang a song rather aptly titled “Mr. Lovey Dovey”!
Prince Harry also showed an astute ability to listen – the challenges many of the young people encounter certainly deserves attention. This is very much part of Adey’s on-going role to respond to a multiplicity of needs presented on a daily basis by those who trust in him.
Prince Harry captured the moment at the Pink Lizard – he literally played the game – a great ambassador for an active lifestyle.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 21, 2017
We all hope the Prince will return in the future to see how Pink Lizard develops. Also thanks to Lady Gretton the Lord Lieutenant, Surinder Sharma the High Sherriff, Piara Singh Clair MBE , Assistant Mayor, the galaxy of press and of course the local community .
This was one Royal occasion!!”
Steve White MBE – proud Sported volunteer mentor
Check out some of the press coverage here: