Pupils were put through their paces on Tuesday September 17th as they took part in a very special Inspired Through Sport day.

Assembly at St John’s on-the-Hill School was taken by triathlete Chris Silver, who introduced them to the principles of having a growth mindset, before taking various year groups on warm-ups, sprints and fitness sessions.

At the same time, ex-Liverpool and Bristol Rovers footballer Nick Tanner led other year groups in passing drills straight from the Anfield pitch.

Nick is pictured with Year 6 pupils Alfie and Carrie, who he chose as the two who had the best attitude as well as skills! He said: “The children were brilliant and I hope to return soon to see how much their football has improved.”

In the afternoon, the pupils were then treated to an inspirational session with author Tom Palmer, who is responsible for the re-boot of Roy of the Rovers, as well as books on the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan. Such was the success of his visit, he completely sold out of signed books and more are on order! Tom said: “It was the perfect author visit. The children and staff were completely engaged – it was real Roy of the Rovers stuff!”

Finally, the pupils took part in a whole-school exercise burst, courtesy of internet fitness guru Joe Wicks.

Mr Andy Downie, Head of English at the school, which is rated as ‘excellent’ by the ISI, said: “It was a brilliant day, which was about so much more than just doing sport. The children were inspired by our special guests, learnt about resilience, new skills, passion and determination and then went home and got their heads firmly stuck into a book.”