Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership Young Leaders have been promoting the importance of keeping fit and eating well to younger children across the county.
Sports Leadership Academy students at Highfields School in Matlock hosted the second annual Derbyshire Health Champion Day at Arc Leisure with refreshments of fresh fruit and smoothies provided by Sainsbury’s.
With support from the School Sport Partnership, students hosted Change 4 Life workshops on healthy eating and active lifestyles for 60 year five pupils from schools across the county.
The schools that took part were: Portway Juniors and Reigate School from Derby; Erewash’s Ladywood Primary and Grange Primary; Tupton, Stonelow and Grassmoor primary schools from the North East of the county; Hayfield and Tintwistle schools from High Peak; Bolsover’s C of E School and Townend Primary; South Derbyshire’s Hilton Primary School and Woodville, and schools from Turnditch, Middleton, Great Longstone, Darley Dale and Bakewell in the Derbyshire Dales.
Highfields is the Derbyshire Lead School for the Delivery of the Health and Well Being Project Key Stage One to Five.
World Inline Skater Champion, Jenna Downing attended the event on Friday 20th February, to chat to students about making the right lifestyle choices.
The 33 year old is the 2008 LG Action Sports World Champion, ten times British Champion and X-Games silver medallist (2002).
She said: “I had a fantastic day at the Change 4 Life conference with the Highfields School team. It was an honour to be the ‘Champion’ on the day and to deliver the opening speech to get everybody feeling inspired and motivated for the day ahead as well as getting involved with the activities throughout the day.”
“The young leaders on the day were simply superb and a jam-packed fun day was had by all. Many thanks to the team at Highfields, especially Jayne [Allen], for putting on a wonderful event! Yet again, hundreds more children have been inspired to keep healthy and active!”
Highfields PE teacher and SSP School Sports Coordinator, Jayne Allen said: “We were delighted to have Jenna as our very special Guest of Honour. She was a huge inspiration to students. With only being a few years old than our eldest pupils, they really connected with her and got on very well. She spoke genuinely about her experiences and her huge success.”
RDSSP Young Sports Apprentices Andy Brough, Sam May and James Bates also gave the thumbs up to the day of action.
Andy said: “The day was a huge success as it was last year when we ran it for the first time. The kids all had great fun and all learned a lot about healthy eating and lifestyles. The reason they all enjoy it so much is because they are either always active or engaged in something fun whilst still learning. They can then go back into their own schools as Health Ambassadors to spread the word to their friends and classmates.”
Sam said: “It was a great experience to watch the participants learn more about healthy eating and experience new healthy options that were a bit more exotic. The enthusiasm when involved in activities was also great to see.”
James said: “The day was really successful and it was great to see the kids enjoy themselves whilst being healthy.”