Sport lives at Spalding Primary School

Spalding Primary School where students from Sir John Gleed School led a Sky Sports Living for Sport day with ex-Paralympic swimmer Fran Williamson.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding Primary School where students from Sir John Gleed School led a Sky Sports Living for Sport day with ex-Paralympic swimmer Fran Williamson. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Sport is king at Spalding Primary School after a day run by students from a town secondary school and a visit by an ex-Paralympic swimmer.

Fran Williamson, who won six medals at two Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2008, was the special guest at a Sky Sports Living for Sport day at the primary school, run by students from Sir John Gleed School.

Ian Billinghurst, PE teacher at Sir John Gleed School, said: “This is the fourth year that we’ve been doing the Living for Sport project and we had 18 students who were running sessions for 60 Year 5 and 60 Year 6 pupils at Spalding Primary School.

“Our students had to devise their own sessions, including warm-up exercises, sporting activities and task cards which were printed and laminated for use on the day.

“Fran checked how the students did in her role as our athlete mentor and the students said that they really enjoyed it, it gave them more self-confidence and improved their people skills.”

Fran, who has both athetoid cerebral palsy and a speech impairment, said: “I had a fantastic day at Spalding Primary School and it was really rewarding to work with the students in order for them to realise their potential.

“It was great to see them so engaged with the primary school pupils, working together and using their imaginations to create new games that were delivered to the younger children.”