Pupils offered a sporting masterclass from professionals

Thirteen Year Five and Six children travelled to Avondale Leisure to participate in a day of activity and learning about high level sports performance as part of Sky Sports Living for Sport.

Jenna Downing, world champion in-line skater hosted the event and inspired the children with a demonstration of her speed, tricks and skills. She highlighted the power of sport for doing good, showing the children her skates which had pink heel grips to show that all profits made from sales of the boots would go to breast cancer research.

Sky Sports Living for Sport

The children were split into school groups and took part in a series of activities which looked at healthy eating, reaction and agility, mental toughness, hunger to achieve, and people skills. Each group was led by an international sportsperson from the worlds of volleyball, rugby league, women’s football, skateboarding, martial arts, basketball and athletics.

At the end of the sessions Rachel Brown, ex-Team GB football goalkeeper shared her story in sport with the children with the main theme being that things do not always go smoothly on an athlete’s route to the top but that how you react to obstacles is often the key factor in determining your chances of success.

The children had a fun, active day of sport and were inspired by the many sports stars who challenged and encouraged them.

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