Ath­letes of the fu­ture get in train­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

CHIL­DREN at an Ash­ford pri­mary school met Olympic ath­letes dur­ing a ‘well-be­ing’ week at the school. Pupils at Ken­ning­ton Ju­nior School met triple jumper Ju­lian Gol­ley and gym­nast James McGranaghan when the pair vis­ited the school last Wed­nes­day to show young­sters the im­por­tance of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise. Other ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the week in­cluded a ram­ble, mak­ing healthy wraps, cir­cuit train­ing, a bush tucker trial with dif­fer­ent fruits and veg­eta­bles, a po­lice safety talk and a ‘speed jump’ trial. Some 39 schools took part in the jump­ing com­pe­ti­tion, which in­volved chil­dren jump­ing up and down for 20 sec­onds to see how many jumps they could do. Ken­ning­ton school sec­re­tary Carol Wigston said: “I think well-be­ing week is an en­cour­age­ment to chil­dren. “Mak­ing the wraps has en­cour­aged chil­dren to try dif­fer­ent veg­eta­bles they won’t nor­mally try.” She added that the ini­tia­tive had been run­ning suc­cess­fully at Ken­ning­ton for a num­ber of years.

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Triple jumper Ju­lian Gol­ley with his Ken­ning­ton School fans

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Ex­er­cise times for Ken­ning­ton pupils with James McGranaghan

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