Inline Skating World Champion Jenna Downing today joined students from Clare Mount Specialist Sports College in Birkenhead to celebrate National School Sport Week.
Jenna, the world's number one female inline skater and ten times British Champion, is an ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust, and was on hand to offer his tips and advice to students.
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College 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 be able to 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.
Jenna said: "Clare Mount has fully embraced the concept of National School Sports Week. It was fantastic to see the students trying out so many different sports, from indoor rowing to sitting volleyball. I felt honoured to be able to get involved and speak to so many of these young people.
"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."
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College Headteacher Kim Webster said: "National School Sport Week is an excellent opportunity to showcase all the sporting opportunities our pupils get to take part in throughout the year, and also to give them a taste of sports that they would not normally do.
"Young people can learn so much from the various values and qualities associated with sport and we are tremendously proud of the role our sports leaders play in running sessions and organising events. 'Give Me 5' has been a key message to our pupils all year whether in relation to being physically active for five hours a week, eating five fruit and veg a day, or limiting the amount of treats they have to no more than five a week. The whole school has been really excited about Jenna's visit and we hope the event will further inspire our youngsters and those in other schools, to choose sport and a healthy, active lifestyle".
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 schools that are 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 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."