Ilkeston pupils celebrate fitness

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More than 300 primary school pupils from across Ilkeston celebrated National Fitness Day at a special event.

Schools involved included St Thomas, Charlotte Infant, Chaucer Junior, Stanley Common, Granby, Hallam Fields, Ladywood, Mapperley and Kensington.

They came together at Rutland Sports Park in Ilkeston to take part in series of fun and challenging activities.

These included completing a set of fitness tests and then seeing if they could improve the second time around. Othere things included circuits, yoga, completing a questionnaire about sport and PE in their lives, talking about why we should be keeping fit and healthy and taking part in finding out how they can have fun with their friends at playtime with active games.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said the feedback from the event had been fantastic.

She said: “The aim of the day was to encourage the children to keep moving and to realise how important it is to do that at school and at home.

“It was great to see so many smiling faces, enjoying sport, having fun and learning about keeping healthy and being active, which is so important as they grow up.”

Jenny Robinson, year six teacher and PE co-ordinator at Granby Junior School in Ilkeston, said: “They all had a fantastic time. They found some of the yoga poses quite challenging but they loved trying something new.”