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Team GB athlete Laura Samuels meets children at Bilston primary school

By Harriet Evans | Bilston | School events | Published:

Pupils at a school in the Black Country have been put through their paces by an award-winning British athlete.

Team GB triple jumper Laura Samuel meeting pupils at Villiers Primary School in Bilston

Triple jumper Laura Samuels, five time British champion and Commonwealth Games silver medallist, visited schoolchildren at Villiers Primary School, Bilston, to inspire children to take part in sport.

Laura led more than 600 schoolchildren from nursery to year six through circuits, which they had been practising for a number of weeks.

After the training, Laura gave an inspiring assembly to pupils including showing them a video montage of the highlights of her career as sportswoman.

Carly McKenzie, senior leader, said: "The kids absolutely loved it, as soon as the posters went up to say that she was visiting us they've been so excited and couldn't stop talking about it.

"She was so engaged with the children, it was great to see her talking to them and getting them excited about sport, they really loved her and I think they felt very inspired by her story.

"We're lucky that at our school both boys and girls are very engaged with sport, but having a female athlete come to visit shows them that it is not only men who can succeed in that area."

The event was organised by Sports For Champions UK (SFC), and this is the third time that the school has had a visit from an athlete.

SFC, who aim to educate empower young people through pro athletes and Team GB Olympians, hope to bring children closer to their sporting dreams.

Students were sponsored by family and friends to take part in the day and prizes were up for grabs for children who raised the most.

Approximately £500 was raised for SFC and another £680 for the primary school which will go towards P.E and sports equipment.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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