A NEW partnership has been forged to inspire young people to do more sport.

The Cathie Stankevitch Foundation has teamed up with Widnes Wild ice hockey team to promote their floorball primary schools project.

It comes just a week before former rugby league star John Stankevitch launches a charity in memory of his late mum.

Cathie, 54, was killed in a tragic road accident when she was knocked down by an out of control van in Hough Green Road, Widnes on Sunday, September 27, last year.

Dad-of-three John, 36, is launching the foundation at an 80s themed party at the Select Stadium on March 5.

“I want to do things that make my mum feel proud,” said John.

His charity has donated hockey sticks, balls and equipment to provide youngsters at schools across Halton the opportunity to learn the basics of ice hockey.

He hopes to secure grants to fund coaches who will be able to help deliver the sessions.

“Being healthy and active not just affects the physical wellbeing but plays an important part in maintaining positive mental health.

“It fits in really well with what the work we hope to do in the community.”

Scott McKenzie, Widnes Wild head coach said: “The project provides an educational aspect with children learning about the importance of discipline and fair play.”

Tackling isolation among older people, he said, is another goal of the foundation.

The charity is developing a programme to offer social media sessions in community centres for retired people.

John said: “My nan, Kathleen Welbourne is 83 and feels isolated at home after losing her daughter.

“I hope to get funding for iPads and tablets and teach older people how to use them so they can connect with people on Facebook and Twitter.

“Social media skipped my nan’s generation but it’s not to say that age group wouldn’t love that involvement.”

Visit catahiestankevitch.co.uk for more details about the charity.