Young sports ambassadors promoting the Road to Rio

Field House Primary
Field House Primary

Sports ambassadors from primary schools across Erewash have started making plans to promote the Olympic Games 2016 in Brazil.

Pupils from Cloudside Primary in Sandiacre, Mapperley Primary School, Long Eaton’s Grange Primary and English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy, Ilkeston’s Hallam Fields Junior, St Thomas Catholic Primary and Field House Primary Schools and Ashbrook Junior School in Borrowash were among those who attended two sessions run by Erewash School Sport Partnership at Long Eaton School and Kirk Hallam Community Academy.

St Thomas Catholic Primary

St Thomas Catholic Primary

They talked about how they could get their classmates interested in the Olympics 2016 and shared their ideas for school sport.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said everyone was looking forward to next year’s Olympics.

She said: “This has been a great opportunity for our ambassadors to get together and talk about what they’ve been doing in their schools.

“We’ve been introducing them to new resources that will help them to promote the Road to Rio and we’ve asked them to think of ways that they can cover the distance from London to the Olympic Stadium in Rio by doing activities in school.

“We are also encouraging them to apply for a Blue Peter badge and to do that they have to fill in an application form saying how they’ve encouraged others to get involved in sport.”

David Brown, head teacher at Hallam Fields Junior School in Ilkeston, said his pupils loved being sports ambassadors.

He said: “They always enjoy meeting up with other sports ambassadors as it helps them to come up with ideas. They want to hold their own mini-Olympics in school so that is something that we are going to look at.”

Faith Dyer, class teacher and PE co-ordinator at Ashbrook Junior School, said her pupils relished the opportunity to improve PE in their school.

She said: “I think these sessions are great because they give the children the opportunity to have a voice and make their opinions heard about their own PE education.”

Rebekah Andrews (10) a pupil at Ashbrook Junior School, said she was looking forward to the next Olympic Games.

She said: “We’ve had the opportunity to make our PE lessons better and that’s what’s great about being an ambassador. I’m excited about next year’s Olympics.”