Pupils at Dallimore Primary School in Ilkeston have been learning about the Commonwealth games in a set of activities hosted at the school.
Erewash Extreme in partnership with Erewash Borough Council partnered up with P.E Co-ordinator at the school, Lucy Haywood to offer pupils aged from four to six the opportunity to take part in physical activities such as rugby, scootering, netball and bowls to encourage health and fitness and awareness of the upcoming Commonwealth games to be held in Glasgow this year.
The pupils were split into classes and rotated around different activities throughout the day, there was even the opportunity for pupils to make their own pasta salads to encourage healthy eating as part of the fitness activities which they were then able to take home and show to their parents.
Lucy Haywood said: “We really wanted the younger children to get involved in this scheme as they’re often missed when it comes to sport.
“It seems they’ve really taken an interest, particularly when it came to making the salads, they didn’t want to wait to eat them at home.”
Suzie Shortland, play co-ordinator for Erewash Borough Council and Erewash Extreme who run mobile activities around schools across the borough added: “We have received a lot of help from Ilkeston Rugby Club and Long Eaton Junior Netball Club who have really mucked in with the children and it’s great to see the younger children so enthusiastic about sport.”
The school has even appointed two pupils at the school, Kitana Robinson, 10, and Kierah Baker, 10, as their Commonwealth ambassadors who have organised information sessions, dance workshops and assemblies about the upcoming games in preparation for the day.
“We’ve really enjoyed being able to help the school learn about the importance of the Commonwealth games and the different activities that go on,” said Kitana.
Kierah added: “Most children just think about the Olympics, but we didn’t want these games to be missed, we think everyone has really enjoyed the day.”