More than 100 primary pupils took part in training sessions designed to help them to promote PE in their own school.
The workshop was led by Gina Steeden, from Erewash School Sport Partnership, and took place at Rutland Sports Park in Ilkeston.
Nine schools attended the event including Granby, Grange, Firfield, Ashbrook Junior, Mapperley, Risley, Stanley St Andrews, Shardlow and Ladycross.
Gina said she hoped that everyone left the event feeling inspired by the training.
She said: “These pupils are mini leaders which means that they run PE activities in their own schools for other pupils, often at lunchtimes.
“This training is held to give them some ideas about what sort of activities they can run and hopefully it gives them the confidence to deliver the sessions.
“They might be running sessions at lunchtimes in the playground for other pupils. We talked to them about what skills you need to be a good mini leader and then we set up a series of activities for them.
“As well as taking part in the activities they also got the chance to lead them and not just for their own school. They were encouraged to lead other schools too which they might have been a bit nervous about at first but it was a great exercise in practising those important leadership skills and it gave their confidence a boost too.”
Debbie Farmer, PE and Sports Leader at Mapperley Primary School, brought her sports ambassadors and their assistants to the session.
She said: “We have four sports ambassadors, one for each House group in school, and each one has an assistant. They organise sessions for 15 minutes at lunchtimes every day and this is part of our aim to encourage our children to be active for at least 30 minutes every day.
“They organise the sessions themselves and they will do something different each day. It helps them with so many skills such as working together as a team and listening and it also helps to improve their confidence too. They will work with all ages from reception right up to Year 6 so they get the chance to support our younger pupils too.”
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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