Last Friday, Team GB basketball player Pierre Henry Fontaine visited primary pupils from Goresbrook School for a sponsored fitness challenge and inspirational assembly.
The academy organised the special event in partnership with Sports for Champions UK – an organisation that brings athletes together with schools across the country to educate and motivate children to lead healthy lifestyles.
For the first half of his visit, Pierre took pupils through a circuit challenge in the sports hall. This involved a number of exercises, from mountain climbers to jumping lunges. Each class took it in turns to complete the fun and interactive session, raising money for their school and Sports Champion UK’s unsponsored athletes in the process.
After the fitness challenge, the Team GB athlete gave an assembly for the primary pupils. Pierre explained how he first got into basketball and described his journey to becoming a professional athlete. He also talked about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and eating well, explaining the different food groups that make up a balanced diet and what he eats as an athlete.
At the end of the assembly, the children took part in a Q&A session where they got the chance to ask Pierre some of their own questions; from how often Team GB athletes have to train to whether you have to be a certain height to become a basketball player. The children came away from the visit with a much better understanding of what it takes to be a professional sportsperson and feeling inspired to be ambitious in their own lives.
David Ellison, Primary Principal of Goresbrook School, said:
“Educating our pupils on the importance of leading a healthy, happy lifestyle and giving them the opportunity to learn from and interact with great role models like Pierre, are all part of what we call an Education with Character at Goresbrook.
“Our pupils really threw themselves into Pierre’s fitness challenge and gave 100% of their focus in his assembly, listening attentively and asking some really engaged questions. We look forward to continuing to provide our pupils with these sorts of educational and exciting experiences.”