Ellie Simmonds goes back to school with Sainsbury’s Active

Active Kids is back at Sainsbury’s until 2 May, and earlier this week Ellie Simmonds visited Four Oaks Primary School in Sutton Coldfield to talk to the pupils about what it means to be a Paralympic athlete and the importance of keeping active.

Ellie Simmonds at Four Oaks Primary

Following her success at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, Ellie continued as an Active Kids ambassador for the seventh year and is now encouraging Sainsbury’s shoppers to collect vouchers which can be used by registered schools and groups to purchase sports and cooking equipment and experiences.

During her visit to the school, Ellie took part in a PE lesson using equipment donated via last year’s Active Kids scheme where she showed her prowess in a range of multi skills activities. She also talked to 200 kids in a special assembly to help inspire them to get active and showed off her medals from Rio 2016.

Ellie Simmonds, Active Kids ambassador, said: “It was great to head back to my home turf and spend the day with the children at Four Oaks Primary School. I really love being part of the Active Kids scheme which encourages children to eat well, move well and live well.

“It’s so important that we educate children about how to keep healthy and provide schools and clubs with the equipment and resources they need to run effective cookery and PE lessons. Hopefully, by attending the PE class and assembly today, I’ve inspired the children at Four Oaks Primary School to get involved in sports and exercise. ”

Until 2 May, customers can receive one voucher for every £10 they spend in supermarkets and one voucher for every £5 they spend in convenience stores. Over the last three years, schools in the Birmingham area have received over £467,000 worth of equipment.

Four Oaks Primary school have always been keen participants – so we invited Ellie along to surprise the children.

Ellis Boughton, Head of PE at Four Oaks Primary School, added: “The Active Kids scheme has helped us to teach hundreds of children how to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle. Ellie is such an inspiration and all of the children and staff loved having her here. She’s really got them excited about health and exercise.”

Over the years the Active Kids scheme has grown and expanded to help inspire healthy eating for children and includes items of cooking equipment to get them involved. There is also a range of free Cooking and Nutrition Toolkits – endorsed by the British Nutrition Foundation, which are available to teachers to help children learn about a balanced diet.

Since the scheme launched in 2005, over £170 million worth of equipment and experiences has been handed over to registered schools, groups and clubs across the UK.

For more information on the Active Kids scheme please visit activekids.sainsburys.co.uk.