Champions of health! Pupils join athletes in bid for more active lifestyles
ATHLETICS stars have been inspiring local youngsters who are learning how to lead a healthier life.
Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Sports Partnership is the first area in the county to have held a Change4Life Health Champions Conference, to support the Change4Life initiative within their schools and across the community.
At the conference held earlier this month, Health Champions from years 5 and 6 were inspired by two local GB Athletics stars, Isaac Akers and Niamh Bailey.
Isaac and Niamh, both recently selected to represent GB, kindly agreed to support the training, working alongside the young champions, sharing their experiences in sport and giving advice on a healthy lifestyle.
The athletes both compete on the international stage with Niamh heading to Spain today – Friday February 19 – to compete.
As part of the Change4Life training, the youngsters looked at ways for young people to enjoy physical activity and will now go back into their schools to inspire their peers to lead healthy, active lives.
After the training, Isaac and Niamh took questions from the young champions around their daily training routines and what sort of food they needed to eat to help them to perform at a high level. They were then asked for autographs and the young champions received goodie bags before they left.
Matthew Peleszok, School Sports manager for the area, said: “We are committed to helping achieve a healthier Northamptonshire and strive to get across the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. These Health Champions will be a key tool in helping to deliver these messages. Our aspiration is to be a partnership that delivers a positive health message to all the children and parents/carers within the county”
Simon Fowler, Sports Development officer responsible for Children’s Active Lifestyles, outlined the key aims of the Change4Life programme: “Northamptonshire Sport is supporting our county schools to launch their own Change4Life club. Through unique funding from Public Health Northamptonshire, our Active Lifestyles project is providing our schools with training, resources and support to help reduce childhood obesity and to change habits among primary-aged children in Northamptonshire.”
The schools that attended the training were Gretton Primary Academy, Oakley Vale Primary School, Our Lady of Walsingham School, Rockingham Primary and Studfall Juniors. Another conference is being held on Tuesday, February 23, at Prince William School where nine other schools will be supported in the training of more Health Champions.
Pictured above – HEALTH CHAMPIONS: Local athlete Niamh Bailey and Isaac Akers, from Market Harborough, with the young healthy lifestyle advocates.