British Olympian joins local school pupils at Minilympics

03 October 2019

More than 150 Year 5 pupils from 10 local primary schools were treated to a day of team sports on Monday 30 September at The King’s School playing fields to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

The nine and 10-year-olds were joined by Olympic hurdler, Jack Green, who spoke to them about his experiences at the Olympics and World Championships. 

Pupils participated in touch-rugby and various athletics events, including throwing, jumping and running relays, organised by King’s School students and staff, Spires Academy students who are part of a sports leadership programme and Christ Church SportsLab staff. 

The teams were also given a talk on healthy food choices by Christ Church Sports and Exercise student Zsara Finch. At the end of the day, pupils were awarded medals, goody bags and trophies by Councillor Terry Westgate, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury. 

 “Minilympics is our favourite event in the outreach calendar and is an excellent example of two large Canterbury based institutions working in partnership to offer a memorable experience to young people in our community." - Jayme Stevens, Manager of the School and College Engagement Team at Canterbury Christ Church University,

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

“It’s great to see King’s students developing their sports leadership skills, together with students from Spires Academy. It’s a pleasure to see the sports facilities being used for the good of the whole community.” 

Clare Pearson, Teaching Assistant from Bridge and Patrixbourne CEP School, said: “It is such a great event to see all the children having a good time. The sports leaders are fantastic.”

Minilympics 2019 was sponsored by local businesses DDS Environmental, Bidfood, Coombs, NCS Technology, Cryotron Consultancy Ltd, Brighter Homes, Betteridge & Milsom and Sturts. 

The Canterbury Minilympics event, now in its fifth year, is a joint Partnership initiative between Canterbury Christ Church University and The King’s School, Canterbury. 


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