Getting into the Olympic spirit

04 July 2016

In the lead up to the Rio Olympic games, local school pupils donned their sports kits and took part in the Canterbury Minilympics, an Olympic themed sports day, to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.


From left to right: Chloe Medhurst, Outreach student ambassador, Lucinda Howland, Christ Church Sport, Jade aged 9, Stevie aged 7, Lily aged 8 and Kadey aged 8, all from Pilgrims Way Primary School. 

Over 150 pupils, aged eight and nine, and their teachers from eight local schools enjoyed the event, organised by and hosted at The King’s School in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University. GB Paralympic Skier, Millie Knight, a student at the King’s School, and Triple Olympian Hockey Player, Jen Wilson, attended the day taking part in team athletics and giving the pupils motivational talks about how excelling in sport is hard work but good fun.

The University’s Outreach Team allocated pupils into 18 teams, named after various Olympic cities, before they took part in four different activities throughout the day. The activities included: Cricket Skills, run by England cricketer, Susie Rowe and assisted by members of the Kent County Cricket team, including England players Sam Billings and James Tredwell. Team Athletics, where pupils participated in throwing, jumping and running relays, organised by King’s School staff, Christ Church Sports Scholars, and sports leaders from Folkestone Academy. And Skills Testing, where pupils tested their sporting ability using the University’s SportsLab field testing equipment.


Outreach student ambassadors

The teams tucked into a fantastic BBQ lunch and took part in a healthy eating workshop run by the SPEAR research team from Christ Church.

Bethany Rose-Moore, Further Education and Community Lead in the Outreach Team at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We were delighted to be able to work in partnership with The King’s School and Kent County Cricket Club to deliver Minilympics to children from the local community, in order to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle. The children had a fantastic day as Canterbury’s ‘Sporting Stars’, and we look forward to delivering more of these exciting events in the future.”

Christina Astin, Head of Partnerships at The King’s School, commented: “It was wonderful to have so many children in teams together from different schools, all encouraging each other and having fun.  They all looked well-fed but exhausted by the end of the day!  Our sports staff and students enjoyed working with Folkestone Academy and Christ Church University to make this happen."

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 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

The King’s School

The King’s School is a leading independent, co-educational boarding and day school in Canterbury, Kent.

With origins dating back to 597AD, The King’s School is reputedly the oldest school in the world. The 2016 Tatler School Awards nominated King’s as a runner up in the Best Public School of the Year category.


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