Olympic athletes to visit Sheffield school

Chemmy Alcott  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Chemmy Alcott PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
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Two Olympic athletes are set to join pupils at a Sheffield school in a new sporting initiative.

Alpine skier Chemmy Alcott and Olympic bronze medallist hockey player Alex Danson will join girls at Sheffield Park Academy, on the Manor for the first X-Elle event.

It aims to develop self esteem, confidence, team building and sportsmanship for young girls through a variety of activities and workshops.

Also taking part in the event are students and staff from Sheffield Springs Academy, in Arbourthorne, Barnsley Academy and Leeds-based John Smeaton Academy - all run by sponsor United Learning.

The school is hoping the sporting initiative will bring out the best in the year eight and nine girls who are taking part.

Activities on the day will include games to boost confidence, team challenges and health nutrition activities, such as making smoothies using a bike.

Chemmy - who has competed in Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Turin, Vancouver and in Sochi -and Alex - a member of the England and Great Britain women’s field hockey team who won bronze at London 2012 - are both sports ambassadors for United Learning.

The pair will help run some of the master classes, lead some of the workshops and provide inspirational talks on the day to encourage the young pupils to follow their dreams.

Craig Dillon, headteacher at Sheffield Park Academy, is looking forward to the inaugural event and hopes many more can be staged at the school.

He said: “This is a fantastic initiative and hopefully the first of many X-Elle events to be staged at the academy.”