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Olympic athletes inspired girls at a Sheffield school as part of a sporting initiative.

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

Olympian Alex Danson visit Park Academy in Sheffield as part of the X-Elle project to engage girls in sport'Picture by Dean Atkins

Olympian Alex Danson visit Park Academy in Sheffield as part of the X-Elle project to engage girls in sport'Picture by Dean Atkins

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

Students and staff from Sheffield Springs Academy, in Arbourthorne, Barnsley Academy and Leeds-based John Smeaton Academy – all run by sponsor United Learning – also took part in the event.

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

The pair helped run some of the master classes, led some workshops and provided talks on the day to encourage the young pupils to follow their dreams.

Olympian Chemmy Alcott visits Park Academy in Sheffield as part of the X-Elle project to engage girls in sport'Picture by Dean Atkins

Olympian Chemmy Alcott visits Park Academy in Sheffield as part of the X-Elle project to engage girls in sport'Picture by Dean Atkins

Craig Dillon, headteacher, said: “Chemmy and Alex were inspirational and all of the girls involved got a great deal from the programme.

“We look forward to welcoming them back to the academy to build on the excellent work that has taken place so far.”

He also said he hoped many more X-Elle events can be held at the school.