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Change 4 Life Clubs celebrate with Olympian Craig Heap

Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:42

Change 4 Life Clubs celebrate with Olympian Craig Heap

Olympic Gymnast Craig Heap was on hand last week to celebrate the North Yorkshire Sport Change 4 Life festival held at Queen Margaret's School in Escrick.

Over 160 children took part in a huge range of outdoor activities and games ranging from archery, target, balance, coordination and teamwork games.

The Change 4 Life clubs have been established in a number of Schools in North Yorkshire with the specific intention of targeting the inactive or those young people normally disengaged from traditional sport and PE.

The festival was a culmination of the work of the clubs, and the day was set off with a bang with Craig Heap bringing his trademark enthusiasm to proceedings, as he inspired the children with his account of his career as an international gymnast. His overwhelming message was to do your best, and enjoy yourself!

The young people were rewarded throughout the day by Young Leaders in the county who volunteered to help run the event, and also gave out stickers throughout to highlight participants who displayed values such as: Passion, Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Determination and more.

The day was a great success with tremendous feedback from teachers and students alike.

George Cull, North Yorkshire Sport Head of Development said, 'It has been a pleasure to host this celebration event for the Change 4 Life clubs here at Queen Margaret's School. We are proud to be able to play a role in encouraging disengaged young people to try some activities they may not otherwise have done, encourage regular participation, and reward them for displaying the Change 4 Life behaviours throughout a fun and engaging day. Thanks to Craig Heap who as always provides such an energy and enthusiasm which never fails to brighten up their day, and to Debbie Speed for her help pulling the event together.'

For more information on the clubs please visit http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/pages/sports-clubs.aspx

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