3 November 2015Jonnie and Daniel Sturridge surprise lucky Liverpool schoolchildren
Daniel Sturridge and Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock impressed pupils at a Liverpool primary school as part of a new way of raising interest in sport.
The two stars showed off their skills as they took part in challenges with children from Northcote Primary in Walton .
The visit was organised to showcase the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenge - a programme designed to get more children involved in sport and to raise awareness of Paralympic sport ahead of the Rio 2016 Games.
Sturridge and Peacock joked as they competed with pupils during the school visit. battling it out in activities including sit-down volleyball.
Backing the project, Liverpool and England striker Sturridge said: “Providing young people with equal opportunities to get involved in sport is really important. Sport has helped me in all areas of my life and I hope that teachers across the country will encourage students to participate in Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenge.”
The challenge has been created to try and introduce 2.5 million young people to the sports of boccia, goalball, sitting volleyball and athletics, as well as to offer schools the opportunity to win incredible prizes - including a trip to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games .
A partnership between Sainsbury’s, the Youth Sport Trust and ParalympicsGB, it offers teachers access to free online resources as well as introductory kits to the four sports.
Jonnie Peacock, who won gold in the T44 men’s 100m at London 2012 , said: “At school, I had to quickly learn to fit in around the sports on offer.
"But for children with an impairment today, through Active Kids Paralympic Challenge, things should be easier - you can have all kids playing the same games and it’s a fun way to learn more about Paralympic sport.”
The time schools invest meeting the challenges can be converted into kilometres travelled on the Get Set Road to Rio app.
The school travelling the furthest can win the chance to travel to Rio and support ParalympicsGB next year.