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Sporty Countess Sophie surprises in leggings and trainers for inspiring engagement

The royal got stuck in at a wheelchair basketball game

Fiona Ward

The Countess of Wessex dressed the part for her sporty engagement on Thursday, as she joined players at Finsbury Park’s outdoor basketball courts to take part in British Wheelchair Basketball's very first 'Inspire a Generation' wheelchair basketball session.

Wearing leggings, trainers and a blue hoodie, we don't think we've ever seen Sophie dressed so casually! But just like the Duchess of Cambridge, she was ready to take part in the activities at her engagement.

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The Countess is British Wheelchair Basketball’s royal patron, and happily had a go at the game alongside a group of young people.

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Sophie was dressed casually for her active engagement

Sophie arrived with her blonde hair down and loose, but quickly tied it back in order to take part in the drills. She also added a pair of pretty green malachite earrings to her look, which look like these Gemondo studs, costing £65.

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Thursday's event saw the 'Inspire a Generation' project get underway, which will see a rollout of community-led six-week wheelchair basketball courses.

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The ground-breaking programme (funded by National Lottery and Sport England), which was announced in January, aims to welcome new participants to the sport, through enabling community delivery of wheelchair basketball in fun and informal settings.

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Malachite earrings, £65, Gemondo

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Great Britain Women’s Wheelchair Basketball player Joy Haizelden said of the launch: "Today is a hugely exciting moment for wheelchair basketball and a really positive move to get more people playing the game we all love.

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"I don't know where I'd be without wheelchair basketball and I hope that through the Inspire a Generation sessions, more people can try the sport and experience the happiness it has brought me."

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The royal wore a comfy-looking hoody for the engagement

It came after the busy Countess, who has appeared for a number of public engagements recently, was pictured attending a day of meetings on Tuesday, looking elegant in one of her favourite summer dresses from DVF Diane von Furstenberg.

We'd love to see her at a joint sporting engagement with Kate!

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