The hockey and football World Cup tournaments were the subject of a workshop for Erewash School Sport Partnership’s young ambassadors.
Pupils from schools including Field House Infants, Ashbrook Junior, Mapperley Primary, Stanley Common and Stanley St Andrew’s, attended the event at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy.
Young ambassadors have been specially selected by their schools to work with ESSP to promote being active among their peers.
At the workshop, pupils and staff were shown a video about the upcoming hockey and football World Cup tournaments before talking about how they could get fellow pupils involved.
They also took part in a series of hockey and football themed activities which included penalty shoot-outs, dribbling and keeping the ball off the ground.
Rhian Lilley, ESSP strategic director, said it was great to see so many children keen to learn how they can engage their friends with the football and hockey World Cup events.
She said: “These tournaments are a fantastic opportunity to engage children in sport and encourage them to be active.
“Hopefully some of the activities have given them ideas which they can take back into their own schools.
“We also want them to think about how they can engage children who are perhaps not as interested and that could be through learning about the countries involved, looking at their flags and the food they eat. They could ask children to pick a team and follow that team all the way through the competition. There’s lots of different ways to make sure that everyone is included.”
Pupil Ella Parkes, from Mapperley Primary School, said the young ambassador session had given her lots of ideas.
She said: “We thought we could run some of the football and hockey activities that we did at the workshop by setting up stations and we could lead them.”
Notes to editors: Erewash School Sport Partnership is a group of 45 schools working together to develop PE and sport opportunities for all young people. Its core priority is to improve the quality and quantity of PE and sport in schools. The partnerships aims to engage, motivate and include as many young people as possible in a positive PE and sport experience.


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