Medal-winning marathon runner gets pupils into the Olympic spirit

Pupils from Hetton Lyons Primary school take part in an olympic - style fitness challenge, coached by members of the SAFC Foundation.
Pupils from Hetton Lyons Primary school take part in an olympic - style fitness challenge, coached by members of the SAFC Foundation.
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PUPILS are being encouraged to get into the Olympic spirit ahead of this summer’s games.

Olympian marathon runner Charlie Spedding, who won bronze at the Los Angeles Olympics, was on hand to launch the Faster Higher Stronger Challenge at Hetton Lyons Primary School.

Pupils from Hetton Lyons Primary school take part in an olympic - style fitness challenge, coached by members of the SAFC Foundation.

Pupils from Hetton Lyons Primary school take part in an olympic - style fitness challenge, coached by members of the SAFC Foundation.

He’s teamed up with the SAFC Foundation to launch the challenge which will take place at schools across the region.

Pupils at Hetton Lyons were among the first to try out the scheme which is a series of fitness tests.

Staff from SAFC Foundation’s Tackle It scheme will deliver a mix of classroom and activity sessions which will incorporate a fitness test at the beginning of the six-week programme.

The measured tests consist of standing jumps, press-ups and a four-minute distance walk. By following the Faster Higher Stronger training log, improved performance will be measured at the end of the programme.

Pupils from Hetton Lyons Primary school take part in an olympic - style fitness challenge, coached by members of the SAFC Foundation.

Pupils from Hetton Lyons Primary school take part in an olympic - style fitness challenge, coached by members of the SAFC Foundation.

Participants will achieve gold medal standard by recording an improvement in all three tests.

Graham Irving, SAFC Foundation Tackle It co-ordinator, said: “The Olympics are a great opportunity to get young people interested in sport and physical fitness, and Charlie’s involvement will certainly help raise the aspirations of those taking part in this challenge through the Tackle It programme.”

Pupils from Hetton Lyons Primary school take part in an olympic - style fitness challenge, coached by members of the SAFC Foundation.

Pupils from Hetton Lyons Primary school take part in an olympic - style fitness challenge, coached by members of the SAFC Foundation.