Local school pupils take part in Olympic-themed sports day

 13 June 2018

Over 140 school children from nine local schools took part in the Canterbury Minilympics sports day, to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

Pupils, aged eight and nine, and their teachers got involved in a day of team athletics and sports science tests at the Birley’s Field on Monday, 11 June, which was organised by the University in partnership with The King’s School.

Triple Olympian Hockey Player Jen Wilson, gave the pupils motivational talks about the benefits of excelling in sport and activities included cricket skills run by Kent Women’s Cricket Hannah Jelfs and International cricketer Susie Rowe. 

Pupils participated in field testing and athletics which included throwing, jumping and running relays, which was organised by King’s School staff, Spires Academy students and Christ Church Sport. 

Women’s Kent Cricketer Hannah Jelfs commented on the day: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people getting involved with cricket,” she said. 

“There was an element of both enjoyment and competition which is really good. It’s so lovely to see everyone smiling and laughing.” 

The teams enjoyed a barbecue lunch and were also given a nutritional talk by Sports Nutritionist Christian Smith. At the end of the day, pupils were awarded medals, goody bags and trophies.


Pupils took part in a range of activities throughout the day.

Dave Newhouse, PE Teacher at Hoath Primary School and Chislet Church of England Primary School spoke about the event. He said: “It’s organised, relaxed but a really fun event for the children. It’s a fast-paced day and really interesting for the kids.” 

Ryley Collins, who is in Year 4 at Chislet Church of England Primary School, said: “I loved the field testing, especially the sprint speed and agility – it was ten out of ten. 

“I loved the talks from the Hockey Olympian and about not having so much sugar because I love football.” 

Hoath Primary School pupil, nine-year-old Lexie Williams, also said she enjoyed the day. “I like that not everything has been the same. The field testing was good and I’ve had such a good day.” 

Cristina Astin, Head of Partnerships at The King’s School said: “King’s is delighted to be collaborating for the fourth year running with Canterbury Christ Church University. 

“It’s great to see our students developing their sports leadership skills, together with students from Spires Academy, as they lead some of the sessions with the King’s School.

“It’s always good to see the sun shining and the facilities being used for the good of the community.” 

Minilympics was sponsored by Bidfood, Coombs, NCS Technology, Woodley Coles, Brighter Homes, Betteridge & Milsom and Sturts.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with 16,000 students across Kent and Medway. Its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • Over 94% 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.

*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 

The King’s School, Canterbury

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

The School has partnerships with over 40 schools around Canterbury and East Kent and enjoys exploring projects that bring mutual benefit to both partners.  www.kings-partnerships.co.uk 


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Last edited: 14/12/2018 23:43:00