Olympians encourage local school pupils to be healthy
30 June 2015
Local school pupils have taken part in an Olympic themed sports day with GB Paralympic Skier, Millie Knight, and Triple Olympian Hockey Player, Jen Wilson.
James Turner, Bridge Primary School
Year four pupils and their teachers from six local schools attended the Canterbury Minilympics sports day, where the Olympians gave the pupils motivational talks to encourage them to be active and eat healthily.
The event, organised by The King’s School in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, involved a day of team athletics and sport science tests, followed by an awards ceremony with medals, goody bags and trophies, all held at the Birley’s playing fields at The King’s School.
Jayme Stevens, Manager of the Outreach Team at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We were delighted to be able to work in partnership with The King’s School to deliver Minilympics to children from the local community and to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Following its success, we hope to expand the event further, and deliver it again on a larger scale next year.”
Sports Scholar, Kwaku Asiedu and Gracie Jackson, St Peters Methodist Church
Christina Astin, the Head of Partnerships at The King’s School, said: “We have always been outward-looking in our approach, fostering many links with schools and other organisations. However, this event in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University marks a pioneering partnership, where our two institutions worked hand-in-hand, each contributing different elements, to make this a special occasion.”
“It has been good to liaise with the University’s Outreach Team and the Vice-Chancellor and begin to plan further collaborations. We have a common purpose in sharing facilities and expertise with partner schools, and in furthering our good relations as close neighbours. What’s more, we had a lot of fun putting on the Minilympics.”
The participating schools at the Minilympics event, which took place earlier this month, were St Peter's Methodist Primary School, Wincheap Primary School, Bridge Primary School, Aylesham Primary School, St Johns Primary School and Junior King’s School. The event was sponsored by Cardy Construction.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey
King’s School, Canterbury
King’s is an ancient school but forward-looking in its education of over 800 girls and boys, looking outwards from the heart of Canterbury.
Head of Partnerships: Christina Astin email@example.com
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