On Friday we invited some of our Primary Stars participants down to The City Ground for an exciting day full of activities! The children were visited by Olympic gymnast Sam Oldham and took an exciting tour of The City Ground.

We deliver our Primary Stars programme in partnership with the Premier League to different schools across Nottinghamshire. The programme uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. The sessions are delivered to 5-11 year-olds by our coaches and combine elements of education with being active.

Sam Oldham is a Nottingham born gymnast who competed in the London 2012 Olympics taking Bronze in the team finals. Sam came in to The City Ground to talk to some pupils about gymnastics and how he reached his Olympic goals.

The morning started off with Sam introducing himself and explaining to the pupils a bit about gymnastics. He then talked to everyone through his sporting achievements and the kids were played a few clips of Sam in action. Although they loved to watch him perform on screen, the children really wanted to see something in person so Sam put on a bit of a show for them, showcasing a variety of skills including the splits, handstands and even a back flip! The pupils then had a question and answer session with Sam where they got the opportunity to ask him any anything that they wanted. Sam spoke about what it takes to be a successful gymnast, his school life, injuries and much more. Finally, once Sam had answered all the children questions, he gave them the opportunity to hold and take a look at his Olympic medal and torch!

Sam said “It was great to get involved with young people, and talk to them about their goals. Nottingham Forest Community Trust do some amazing work in my local area and it was brilliant to work alongside them to put on a fun day for the kids and hopefully give them a bit of inspiration.”

After the morning with Sam, the pupils began to work on writing a poem about what they wanted to do when they grow up, there were some amazing pieces of poetry  ranging from sports to wildlife and even engineering, which the pupils were able to stand up and share with the group. Last but not least, everyone got a tour of the world famous City Ground where they learnt lots of new interesting facts about Nottingham Forest Football Club and got to visit some exclusive areas within the stadium.

If you would like to find out more about Premier League Primary Stars simply click here.