School pupils’ fitness tips from Sheffield former champ

Penistone youngsters get healthy heart advice
Penistone youngsters get healthy heart advice
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A former world champion boxer paid a visit to a South Yorkshire school - to share tips on keeping a healthy heart.

Former world light middleweight champion Paul ‘Silky’ Jones called in at Springvale Primary, in Penistone, to put pupils through their paces and teach them about the importance of staying active.

The children did skipping sessions with the former champ, who is an ambassador for Yorkshire-based national charity Heart Research UK, as he took them through the fitness skills he learned as a boxer.

Sheffield-born Silky Jones said: “It’s so important to start good healthy lifestyle habits when you are young because they will last you for a lifetime. It’s been fantastic working with the children at Springvale School who have really enjoyed going through the exercises and understand the importance of keeping fit to maintain a healthy heart.

“There are so many ways that children can be active, and skipping is a simple, low-cost but effective way of getting fit. It helped me to keep fit during my career and now it is good to be able to share its benefits with young people.”

Recent figures showed just 21 per cent of boys and 16 per cent of girls, aged 5-15 in the UK, actually meet the recommended levels of physical activity – at least 60 minutes a day.

Springvale Head Teacher, Andy Platt, said: ‘We were thrilled to welcome and work alongside Paul Silky Jones at Springvale Primary School. Fostering an enthusiasm and positive attitude towards living a healthy lifestyle and taking regular exercise is a value we hope to instil in our pupils.

“We are currently developing our playtimes to include a greater variety and choice of activity.”