Olympians visit Bath pupils to inspire the next generation
Britain's history-making rhythmic gymnastics team have been going back to school to promote the Olympic legacy.
Head coach Sarah Moon and her London 2012 squad members have spent the past three weeks visiting pupils around Bath to introduce them to the sport, which has grown in popularity since the summer.
"The whole project has been taken on voluntarily, to aim to inspire a generation and motivate children to participate in sport," said Moon.
"The sessions have included question and answer sessions about the Olympic Games, pupils trying rhythmic gymnastics for themselves and promoting the Olympic values of friendship, respect, excellence and determination."
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St Andrew's, St Stephen's, St Saviours, Newbridge, Norton Hill, Widcombe Juniors and Royal High Juniors all took up the opportunity to have a visit from Moon.
Squad members Annie Bartlett and Lynne Hutchison also went back to their respective former schools, Weston All Saints Primary and Combe Down.
Moon spotted a five-year-old Hutchison at a taster day at Combe Down, starting an association that led to an appearance at a home Olympics.
"It was really nice to be back at Combe Down and I enjoyed telling them about my sport," said Hutchison, now a King Edward's sixth-former.
"I vividly remember the day Sarah came in and did the session in the old school hall and I hope that I have been able to inspire some children to see that they can achieve anything if they really want to."
Moon added: "The whole project has been met with huge enthusiasm from all the schools, teachers and children that have taken part.
"I have taught more than 1,500 students across over 50 classes covering most of Bath. I hope this has inspired children and they have enjoyed having their own Olympic experience!"
Moon's determination to open up the sport to as many youngsters as possible has seen her start additional classes at City of Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, where she is also the head coach.
Sessions take place at Bath Community Academy, formerly Culverhay, from 5-5.55pm on Wednesdays and at the University of Bath from 5.30-6.25pm on Thursdays, 4.30-5.25pm on Fridays and 9.30-10.25am, 10.30-11.25am and 1-1.55pm on Saturdays.
The first trial session is free and more information is available by visiting www.bathrhythmic.com or calling Kellie Lewis on 01179 860473 or 07734 92038.