Ellie Simmonds launches nationwide tour to encourage young people to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games

LONDON, 2015-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thursday 14th May, Manchester: 10 children from Greater Manchester were treated to a special swimming lesson from four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds, as part of a national push to encourage children to take part in the Sainsbury’s School Games.

The star swimmer is embarking on a nationwide tour, encouraging young people to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games.

Britain’s biggest annual multi-sport event is returning to Manchester for the second year in a row, with 1,500 young people set to compete across 12 sports this September.

Simmonds, who competed at the Sainsbury’s School Games on her way to Paralympic glory, said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games are important to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in school sport.  The Games have provided a great stepping stone for elite athletes like me, and I’m sure there will be future stars competing in Manchester this year.

“I’m now training in Manchester, so I’ve had the pleasure of seeing how good the facilities are, and it’s great for the city to host the Sainsbury’s School Games once again. I encourage young people to celebrate sport this summer and get involved.”

The Paralympic star took part in an hour-long swimming lesson with pupils from St. John’s RC Primary School in Chorlton, as part of a national push to encourage young people to take part in this year’s event.

The Sainsbury’s School Games are a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

The Games are a series of multi-sport events held across the UK, including regional inter-school competitions in Greater Manchester. The best young athletes from across the UK will then head to Manchester in September for the Level 4 Sainsbury’s School Games, which take place from the 3rd-6th September at venues across the city.

Sainsbury’s is committed to encouraging and enabling inclusive school sport. As well as supporting the Sainsbury’s School Games, the retailer has donated over £150 million worth of equipment and experiences through its Active Kids scheme since it began in 2005.

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Ellie Simmonds launches nationwide tour to encourage young people to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games

Ellie Simmonds launches nationwide tour to encourage young people to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games