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School Report: Ready, Set, Go for National School Sport Week!

School Reporter interviews Chris hoy
Chris Hoy helped to launch National School Sport Week

Olympic Gold Medallists Chris Hoy and Jonathan Edwards have joined students at Southfields Community College in South London to launch National School Sport Week in England and Wales.

The week aims to inspire young people to take part in more Olympic and Paralympic sports and pledge to achieve their personal best.

School Reporters Megan and Zumra from Southfields Community College covered the event, and here is their report to launch our week of School Report sports coverage.

By Megan, 12, and Zumra, 12
Year 7 students at Southfields Community College

We are Megan and Zumra and we are 12 years old. Today we got the opportunity to take part in an amazing project with BBC News School Report to interview Jonathan Edwards, the Olympic Gold Medallist triple jumper, and Chris Hoy, the Olympic Gold Medal-winning cyclist.

They were here to launch National School Sport Week which will help to encourage pupils to do more sport.

When they see the Olympics next year maybe they'll be able to say 'I've tried that sport myself'
Chris Hoy, Olympic Gold Medallist

First we watched the opening ceremony where Fusion, our school band, sang. A group of students then performed a dance routine, and students from different schools made pledges to do more sport.

Then they announced the seven teams which represented the seven Olympic and Paralympic values of excellence, courage, respect, determination, inspiration, friendship and equality.

Each team were to compete throughout the morning in different sports and the winner would be announced at the end.

Really good feeling

Then we moved on to our interviews. First we spoke to our PE teacher Mr Mensah. We were amazed when he said he'd worked at our school for nine years. He also said that he drives his wife crazy watching sport on TV!

School Reporters holding a replica Olympic Torch
Students should be inspired by London 2012 to take part in sport

He said that the event had taken weeks and weeks of preparation but that he hoped it went smoothly.

Then we interviewed Jonathan Edwards. He said, "National School Sport week was started five years ago by the Youth Sport Trust, and the idea was to have one week in the year where you could focus the school on sport."

He added that this year young people should use the inspiration of London 2012 to get involved in sport.

He told us that when you do exercise it is a really good feeling, "It is hard work but it is also fun and it makes you feel good afterwards."

Winning medals at London 2012

After Jonathan Edwards we met Chris Hoy. He said that the idea of National School Sport Week was to give children across the country a chance to try a new sport, and that over four million children were taking part.

Jonathan Edwards posing with School Reporters
Jonathan Edwards said NSSW helped schools to focus on sport

He said "When they see the Olympics next year maybe they'll be able to say 'I've tried that sport myself'".

He explained that he's hoping to be competing at London 2012 and wants to win one, two or even three gold medals!

Also, when he's competing he can't waste energy on other sports, but when he retires he's hoping to take up golf.

We hope that we can also take part in National School Sport Week. Megan wants to start to play football again and Zumra would like to play more table tennis. Our day was fun, exciting and interesting but also very tiring because it was too hot!

Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week 2011, in partnership with the Youth Sport trust, runs from 27 June to 1 July 2011.


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