Bournemouth students take to the beach to celebrate National School Sport Week

Local students enjoyed a sports day with a difference when taking to the beach in celebration of National School Sport Week.

Local students enjoyed a sports day with a difference when taking to the beach in celebration of National School Sport Week.

St Katharine's Primary School students were joined by Olympic sprint champion Jason Gardener in a range of beach games before heading back to the school to hear from the gold-medal winning champion.

Jason, who led off the victorious Team GB 4x100m relay team at the Athens 2004 Olympics, was on hand to offer his tips and advice to competitors, after challenging a lucky few to a race.

St Katharine's Primary School is one of more than 4,800 schools from across England and Wales taking part in a range of exciting activities to celebrate National School Sport Week, a major celebration of PE and sport, delivered by the Youth Sport Trust. Over 1.8 million young people will take part in sporting activities across the country from 22-26 June, with schools challenged to encourage young people to take part in five hours of PE and sport across the week.

Youth Sport Trust Ambassador Jason Gardener said: "To get to come down to the beach and take part in St Katharine's School activities has been such an honour. National School Sport Week is all about showcasing how PE and school sport should be fun and engaging for all young people and this is exactly what today has shown. These students are among the millions benefiting from the week's activities, which help promote the value PE and school sport have on the physical and emotional wellbeing of young people today."

St Katharine's Primary School Headteacher Nikki St John said: "National School Sport Week is a wonderful event and it has been fantastic for our school to get every pupil involved. Having an Olympic gold medallist like Jason here has really inspired the whole school and he has undoubtedly made a lasting impression on all of the pupils he met.

"Seeing him compete with our Year 5 children on the beach was great fun and then it was an honour to hear how sport has impacted on his life when he spoke to all our students this afternoon."

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: "We are proud to deliver National School Sport Week and it is always very special to see the energy and excitement in the schools celebrating week.

"At the Youth Sport Trust we believe in building a brighter future for young people though PE and school sport and National School Sport Week helps us do that. It also promotes the fact that PE, school sport and physical activity are proven to enhance physical health, boost mental wellbeing, build resilience, lift academic achievement and create active habits for life."

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