Former Burnley hockey star aims to inspire with new year’s resolution

Former England hockey player Charlotte Hartley
Former England hockey player Charlotte Hartley

Burnley-born former England hockey ace Charlotte Hartley is urging youngsters across the area to make keeping fit their new year resolution.

Charlotte, a Sky Sports Living For Sport Athlete Mentor, plays football for Burnley FC Ladies, and in her mentoring role, hopes to encourage people to keep fit and eat healthily.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to the New Year.

“My resolution is to inspire as many pupils as I can through my visits to schools with Sky Sports Living For Sport, and to encourage everyone to try a new sport in 2014!

“It’s a really great feeling to try something new.

“As for my hockey, I don’t have too many resolutions this time as I am no longer playing professionally, but, of course, I still work hard to stay fit and that’s a great resolution for other people too.

“For me, though, I probably get a bit too carried away.

“I’ve just been out for a run in the pouring rain and I’m always exercising, so if anything I need to slow down a bit!

“You can’t eat feeling fit, though, can you? I hope everyone has a great 2014.”

Athlete Mentors from Sky Sports Living For Sport – an initiative run in conjunction with the Youth Sport Trust that sends sports stars into secondary schools to inspire pupils - have joined together to provide health and lifestyle advice for the year ahead.

The mentors visit schools across the country, using sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.

Charlotte represented the North of England, England U16s, U18s and U21s England Senior B and full side, playing at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006, as well as helping Great Britain win gold at the Sydney Youth Olympics the following year.