Gail Emms inspires Nuneaton pupils

Olympic silver badminton medallist, Gail Emms, treats Nuneaton pupils to a badminton masterclass after Higham Lane School school won a visit from the star.

Olympic silver badminton medallist, Gail Emms, will meet over 180 pupils from Higham Lane School in Nuneaton today (Thursday 13 December), after the school won a competition to receive a visit from the sporting star.

Gail, who claimed a prestigious silver in the Athens Olympic Games, will be visiting the school in her role as a Youth Sport Trust Ambassador, inspiring and encouraging young people to take part and enjoy sport. The school won the special visit after entering a Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week competition, battling it out with hundreds of other schools eager to receive a visit from the badminton champion.

During the visit, Gail will lead a badminton master class, teaching youngsters the basic skills needed for the sport and will talk to the school about her journey into Olympic medal history.

Commenting on her forthcoming visit Gail said:

I'm really looking forward to meeting pupils from Higham Lane School and sharing my story from playing sport at school to my international sporting successes. I hope to show the pupils how sport can positively impact them and help to achieve their ambitions in both sport and in life.

Phil Kelly, Head teacher at Higham Lane School, said: "We were over the moon that we won the competition and that our students will get to meet and learn from a true sporting star. The power of having an athlete visit the school to share their experiences and encourage the students to see the benefits of taking part in sport is so powerful. We've got a great programme of activity that Gail can get involved with and we can't wait to get started."

Higham Lane School was selected for the prize after registering to take part in Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week 2012; Britain's biggest school sport event involving almost nine million pupils since the programme began in 2009.The event took place from 25-29 June 2012 andinspired pupils to do more sport and physical activity.

In 2012, National School Sport Week invited schools to 'Stage your own Games'. Higham Lane hosted a multi-skills event and invited pupils from local primary schools to take part. Pupils had the opportunity to try out a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports such as judo, as well as more alternative activities such as dance and tri-golf.

Schools can now register for Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week 2013, taking place from 24-28 June, at www.schoolsportweek.org.

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