Sally Gunnell OBE inspires children of Pakefield Primary
On Friday 7th July Sally Gunnell OBE visited Pakefield Primary School to deliver an inspiring whole school assembly and classroom visits. Sally also dropped into the school’s new health and wellbeing sessions, which are being run by Premier Transition.
Pakefield Primary school have become Premier’s flagship school, taking on all three Transition programmes (Play-Trition, Fun-Trition and Fit-Trition) to ensure a ‘Whole School Approach’ to health and wellbeing. Research from Premier last year discovered that just 10% of UK children are partaking in physical activity every day at school and only 25% manage an hour or more of exercise a day. Pakefield Primary is setting a shining example to schools nationally on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Sally Gunnell OBE says that families need more support to get active if future generations are to stay fit and healthy;
“Parents lead very busy lives, but we are facing a child obesity epidemic, so it’s vital that we do all we can to give our kids the best start in life. A positive approach to healthy living starts in the home, but there’s plenty the wider community, including schools, can do to support parents and ensure a joined-up approach to family wellbeing”.
The scheme - thought to be the first of its kind anywhere in the UK - gives parents the chance to attend fitness classes at their child’s school straight after dropping them off, or just before picking them up. Participating schools are also given a 6 -12 week program to educate pupils on the importance of active, healthy lifestyles – a key part of the national curriculum’s focus on wellbeing.
Premier Transition, delivers health and wellbeing sessions to Early Years, Primary Schools and adults, emphasising the importance of a whole school/family approach to health living. Premier Transition tackles the obstacles that can deter individuals from participating in regular exercise, and helping them make healthier nutritional choices.
P.E lead at Pakefield, Michael Fleckney, says the programme has been welcomed by both children and parents;
“Leading a healthy lifestyle is so important for everyone, so it’s vital that we are educating children on both how they can do this and why they should be doing it. The programme is doing just that and I think the practical elements – the little things that children can take home with them and implement immediately – are so valuable. All the pupils have really embraced the sessions and we’ve had some excellent feedback from parents, so absolutely plan to continue, and hopefully expand, the programme next year.”
For more information about Premier Transition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sally Gunnell OBE completed classroom visits to inspire the children of Pakefield Primary and explain the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Sally Gunnell OBE takes part in a Fit-Trition session alongside the teachers of Pakefield Primary School who are positive role models to their pupils.
Sally Gunnell OBE takes part in a Fit-Trition session alongside the teachers of Pakefield Primary School - the session was enjoyed by all!
Sally Gunnell OBE is interviewed by Premier Transition, keep your eyes peeled for the video - it's coming soon!