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Enfield teacher inspires pupils after Olympic meeting

Isabelle Whitby is encouraging her students to be more active after meeting an Olympic gold medallist, Joe Clarke, at an event in London

Posted by Julian Owen | March 01, 2018 | Sports & leisure

Enfield Heights Academy teacher, Isabelle Whitby, is inspiring her pupils to become more active after meeting Olympic gold medallist Joe Clarke at Active Kids Do Better, in Wandsworth.

Joe, who made history at the 2016 Rio Games by winning GB’s first gold medal in the canoe slalom men’s K1, shared his inspiring story and offered advice on how teachers can help pupils to get active.

The event, at Riversdale Primary School, drew teachers from across the UK for workshops on how to inspire kids to be more active before, during and after school. Organised by Nike and Discovery Education, the event was part of a new programme to increase kids’ movement and play throughout the school day.

Joe Clarke said: “It’s a real privilege to be associated with a programme that will have such a positive impact on the lives of so many kids. Sport has given me so much and it’s enriched my life. If we can help and inspire teachers to help kids to get moving, it would be fantastic.”

'Fewer than one in four young children in the UK get the recommended amount of exercise.'

Isabelle Whitby said: “I enjoyed meeting Joe and people from other schools and sharing ideas. I think it’s important that kids stay active throughout the school day. It helps their brains, helps them to concentrate more in lessons, builds friendships and makes them feel more confident as well.'

Fewer than one in four young children in the UK get the recommended amount of exercise, which means that millions of kids are missing out on the benefit of sport and play. Active kids are healthier, happier and show stronger academic performance.

The Active Kids Do Better programme, developed with the support of Liverpool John Moores University, offers free resources, games and activities to all UK primary school. Teachers can sign up online at activekidsdobetter.co.uk.

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