Pupils from Benyon Primary School in South Ockendon welcomed London’s Team Nigeria Long Jumper Ezekiel Ewulo to the school hall this month.
Ezekiel, who works with CIC Sports for Champions, visited the children of Benyon Primary to inspire students to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Ezekiel led the visit with a whole-school circuits class to show the pupils how anyone – no matter what their current fitness levels – can take that first step and achieve their goals. Finally, he spoke to the children about how these simple exercises could be implemented as part of their weekly routine, before giving them a demonstration of his top sporting abilities.
“It was great to see the kids so excited and engaged!”, Ezekiel said following his visit, “Whether children are looking to start a new sport for fun or thinking of taking a chance on their dreams and taking their discipline to the next level, everyone can reap the benefits of exercise.”
Following the circuits class, Ezekiel delivered a motivational talk, discussing his personal journey into sport and the obstacles he overcame, the benefits of exercise at any level and good nutrition and the physical and mental rewards of being fit and active. Pupils were encouraged to ask him any questions about his professional career, his top sporting tips, how they themselves can become more active and the benefits it can bring.
The NHS reports that 10% of children of Reception age were classified as obese, which doubled to 20% by the end of primary school; and 84% of children do not eat the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day*.
Emma Naylor, Operations Manager at Sports for Champions, comments:
“With childhood obesity on the rise, there’s never been a more important time to take action and inspire young people to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Children today face a barrage of obstacles – from convenience food to the constant temptation of screens – which prevents them from being able to undertake and enjoy regular exercise.”
Sports for Champions’ mission is to visit every school in the UK with their team of professional athletes to inspire children to lead a healthy lifestyle.
All athletes are unsponsored, with schools fundraising for both their athlete’s visit and to invest in more sporting equipment. Benyon Primary raised an incredible £929 and were able to purchase brand new Archery equipment for the school.
Nicola Barrett, Deputy Head Teacher at Benyon Primary School, adds: “It was wonderful to welcome Ezekiel to Benyon. The children were so excited about meeting a famous athlete, and their fundraising efforts have been amazing. They worked hard to complete the fitness circuits and had great fun doing so. After the visit we were delighted to see how energised and enthusiastic they were about healthy living.”
For more information on Sports for Champions, please visit www.sportsforchampions.com