Gold medallist Luke Campbell visits Leicester to inspire a generation

Luke Campbell celebrates his gold medal win
Luke Campbell celebrates his gold medal win Photo: PA Pictures

The Olympic and Paralympic Games may be history, but the much talked-about legacy is just beginning.

Over the coming months, dozens of the heroes of London 2012 - from athletes to volunteers - will be coming to Leicestershire to inspire the next generation, and first to visit today was boxing champion Luke Campbell.

The 25 year old bantamweight gold medallist took part in a masterclass with students at The Lancaster School in Leicester, one of the Midlands's first specialist sports colleges.

He put a group of young athletes through their paces and shared the story of his success.

This afternoon, he went on to visit Shepshed High School and Shepshed Amateur Boxing Club.

Luke Campbell talking to the young boxers
Luke Campbell talking to the young boxers Credit: ITV Central

The legacy programme has been organised by Leicestershire and Rutland Sport, who are hoping to arrange 40 visits to the county by Olympians, Paralympians, Games Makers and Torchbearers.

The aim is to capitalise on the interest in sport generated by the London Games to increase participation among young people and bring on the stars of the future.

Luke Campbell inspiring young children
Luke Campbell inspiring young children Credit: ITV Central

As for Luke Campbell's future, he told ITV Central he's considering his options. He said he may well seek to defend his Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but also hasn't ruled out turning professional.He also described what the gold medal means to him.