Olympian inspires youngsters at county school
14 July 2021
Youngsters at a Somerset primary school went for gold with a PE session led by Olympic athlete Sam Cross.
The pupils at Kingfisher Primary School in Yeovil were specially selected by our South West region to enjoy the unique training session as part of our partnership with Team GB.
Team GB Olympian Sam Cross who was part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Rugby 7s team came away with a silver medal and has since gone on to represent Wales at 15 a side Rugby Union, was guest of honour at the school where the pupils enjoyed a training session, meeting Sam and asking him questions as well as admiring his medal at close quarters.
Head teacher Daniel Glentworth said: “It was real honour to host Sam at our school and the children all enjoyed their special PE session – I am sure it is a school day that will stand out in their memories for years’ to come. Sport and the teamwork, commitment and enthusiasm associated with sport are really important to both staff, pupils at our school and the wider Yeovil community. Thank you to Persimmon Homes and Team GB for creating such a special day.”
Sam said: “Giving children the opportunity to experience different sports is so important as it helps improve their confidence, self-esteem and physical fitness. The partnership between Persimmon Homes and Team GB allows us to help inspire the next generation and it is a pleasure to be able to share my passion for sport with the pupils. I hope they may have been inspired and will look at what other activities are open to them too.”
Stacey Harris, sales director for South West, said: “We are keen to put something back into the communities in which we are building. It was a pleasure to be able to visit Kingfisher Primary School along with Sam as part of our partnership with Team GB. The children were interested in Sam’s path to becoming an Olympic athlete, and who knows, he may have inspired some athletes of the future. His determination and dedication to his sport was very evident and we wish him all the best for Tokyo 2020.”
Persimmon Homes is an Official Partner of Team GB as it prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. As part of the partnership we have created a fitness and activity ‘Stay Active’ pack for families. Downloadable from the website, the pack includes a carefully crafted selection of activities – from a fitness challenge to discovering facts about Japan, and from to colouring to learning origami as well as how to make a wind chime.