The Perse School

Cambridge Primary School children are inspired to ‘Be the Difference’

20 Jan 2017

Olympians Kate Richardson-Walsh and Helen Richardson-Walsh have been visiting primary schools across Cambridge today, leading hockey training sessions and talking to pupils in school assemblies.

At Colville Primary School, Kate led a hockey training session for children in Year 6. Pupils practiced holding their hockey sticks and moving the ball around the playground, passing it to one another. The children had lots of fun and spoke of ‘feeling really inspired’ and ‘wanting to play hockey more’.

At Fen Ditton Primary, Helen led a school assembly where she talked to the children about working hard and never giving up. She recalled how she missed the first penalty goal in the Olympic final in Rio and how she needed to focus and believe in herself in order to score the second time. Helen’s message to the children was to ‘Be the Difference’, ‘Create History’ and ‘Inspire the Future’.

One lucky pupil was also chosen to wear Helen’s GB Hockey sweatshirt and her gold medal around his neck, which he described as a ‘proud moment’.

Kate and Helen are visiting  a number of local schools in the city including,  Fulbourn Primary, Bottisham Village College,  King’s Hedges Primary, Shirley Community Primary and Great Chesterford Primary, as part of their commitment to inspiring the next generation of young people to take up sport.

Later today Kate and Helen are launching the Primary School Hockey Initiative at The Perse School, which gives local children the opportunity to receive free hockey training from former England and GB Hockey players, who now teach at the Perse.

Kate Richardson-Walsh explains more.

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