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Sir Steve Redgrave's been in York

Olympics 2012

1:33pm 5th July 2012

Sir Steve Redgrave, five times Olympic Gold Medallist, was at York High School in York today (5th July 2012) for a rowing session and a game of Dodgeball as an ambassador for Matalan Sporting Promise; a programme that supports sport and PE activity in schools, working in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.

Speaking at York High School, Sir Steve Redgrave said:

“It has been a really enjoyable morning and it’s fantastic to see the kids having so much fun playing Dodgeball and rowing. This is such a huge summer of sport and it’s vital we continue to support the teachers running PE lessons across the country in the future. Sport has a unique ability to transform young lives and that’s why I am so delighted to be able to support the Matalan Sporting Promise programme.”

There are two parts to the programme - Matalan TOP Sport, which is designed for primary education, providing training and resources for teachers with 3,600 teachers trained as part of this already. The second part of the programme: Matalan yoUR Activity, concentrates on secondary schools and young people who may not want to take up traditional mainstream sports, giving pupils the chance to try activities like Parkour, Street Cheer and Jump Rope. The aspiration is for Matalan Sporting Promise to be in more than 10,000 schools by the end of 2013 and to reach as many schools as possible across the UK over the next few years. The teaching resources and training are provided for free by the Youth Sport Trust through Matalan’s sponsorship.

David Ellis, Headteacher at York High School was there to coordinate the day’s activity and is very enthusiastic about the programme:

“Matalan Sporting Promise is a fun and exciting way to engage young people in a whole range of sports and physical activity. Our pupils have loved the PE lessons this summer and it has been really exciting to have Sir Steve Redgrave here today to get involved in the sessions and to show his support. It’s really important that sport is made as appealing as possible to help encourage our pupils to become far more fit and active.”

John Steele, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust comments:

“Making PE lessons enjoyable for both teachers and students is a key part of what we're trying to do. We want all young people to have a really positive experience of PE that captures their imaginations so they go on to enjoy taking part in physical activity, whatever form that might be. We've got a great opportunity in this spectacular summer of sport to ignite an excitement and enthusiasm in young people, which will encourage them to take up sport and keep active. A visit from an Olympic legend, who is passionate about sharing that excitement will certainly be a great opportunity for all young people taking part.”

More information on Matalan Sporting Promise is available in Matalan stores and online. Matalan and the Youth Sport Trust are now planning the 2013 programme and teachers and parents who would like to register their interest in having Matalan Sporting Promise at their school should visit www.sportingpromise.co.uk.

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