Primary school children across Kent go head-to-head at Minilympics
14 June 2017
Over 160 school pupils donned their sports kits and took part in the Canterbury Minilympics, an Olympic themed sports day, to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.
The pupils, aged eight and nine, and their teachers from ten local schools enjoyed the event, organised by and hosted at The King’s School in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.
GB Paralympic Skier, Millie Knight, a former student at The King’s School, and Triple Olympian Hockey Player, Jen Wilson, attended the day, taking part in team athletics and giving the pupils motivational talks about the benefits of excelling in sport.
The University’s Outreach Team allocated pupils into 18 teams, named after various Olympic cities, before they took part in four different activities throughout the day. The activities included Cricket Skills, run by International cricketer, Susie Rowe and assisted by members of the Kent County Cricket team, including England player Charlie Hartley and Imran Qayyum. Team Athletics, where pupils participated in throwing, jumping and running relays, organised by King’s School staff, Christ Church Sports Scholars, and sports leaders from Folkestone Academy. And, Skills Testing, where pupils tested their sporting ability using the University’s SportsLab field testing equipment.
The teams tucked into a BBQ lunch and took part in a healthy eating workshop run by the SPEAR research team from Christ Church.
Bethany-Rose Cadell, Community Lead in the Outreach Team at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We were delighted to be able to work in partnership with The King’s School and Kent County Cricket Club to deliver Minilympics to children from the local community, in order to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle. The children had a fantastic day as Canterbury’s ‘Sporting Stars’, and we look forward to delivering more of these exciting events in the future.”
Head of Partnerships at The King’s School, Christina Astin, said: “We are delighted to be working again with Christ Church again to bring important messages about healthy and active lifestyles to so many. The sun, the smiles and the sporting enthusiasm from the children remind us that this is real highlight of The King’s School calendar.”
Daisy Williams, who is in year four at Chislet Church of England Primary School, said: “I really liked spending time with people and being part of a team with children from other schools.”
The event was sponsored by Durtnells, Brighter Homes, Bidvest, Kent Catering Service, WW Martin, Conditioned Air and Betteridge & Milsom.