Paralympian and Pussycat Doll offer students sporting chance

National Sport week launch at the Chobham academy

National Sport week launch at the Chobham academy - Credit: Archant

Double gold winning Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt have been leading lessons for Newham students.

The Youth Sport trust ambassadors held the sessions at Chobham Academy, in Cheering Lane, on Monday as they kicked off National School Sport Week.

Celebrity MasterChef contestant Kimberly taught a dance class for Year 9 students and hopes that it can help those who aren’t normally interested in sporting activities.

“I struggled at school and wasn’t into mainstream sport but I found my love and passion for physical activity through dance and want to share that,” she said.

After the dance class Hannah showed Kimberly and the students some Paralympic sports as part of the Sainsbury’s Active kids Paralympic Challenge.

Hannah said that visiting the school brought back memories of the best day of her life – victory at the 2012 London Paralympics in Stratford – and hopes she can help young people achieve their goals too.

“Returning to the Olympic Park today I want to build excitement amongst young people about the Rio games and inspire them to use National School Sport Week as a launch pad to taking part in more sport and physical activity whatever their age or ability,” she said.

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Ali Oliver, chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said that with the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic games in Brazil it’s a great time for children to get involved in sports.

“We know that healthy, active children perform better across all areas of school life and this week is the perfect time to encourage all young people to be more physically active.”

National School Sport Week runs until Sunday.