Olympic stars help pupils looking for sporting fun
May 28 2009
Three of Britain's recent crops of Olympic gold medalists have advised children how best to take up sport.
Rebecca Romero, Rebecca Aldrington and Jason Gardner all had excellent tips for the Youth Sports Trust (YST), which could help both schoolchildren and teachers.
In most teaching jobs teachers find some children that are less interested in sport than others, but according to Rebecca Romero this should not mean that pupils cannot get involved.
"If you're not sporty you could find ways to get involved supporting or helping those who are involved in the activities," Ms Romero advised.
Jason Gardner recommended kids try a sport they may have not taken part in before, preferably one that looks like fun and is easy to participate in.
Teachers faced with dispirited kids could do well to remember what Rebecca Aldrington told the YST: "You don't have to be really sporty to take part," she said. "Sport is not always about winning."
It is widely accepted that physical activity is beneficial for children, although it is important that teachers conduct risk assessments before all events, says the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
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