In pictures: Second Wake Up Shake Up Festival

James Harrison

Hundreds of youngsters had the chance to bust a move and throw some shapes at a fitness and dance event.

Now in its second year, the Wake Up Shake Up Festival saw about 210 pupils aged between five and seven choreograph basic dance routines to music.

Children from seven classes in six schools in Maidenhead and Ascot were at the event on Monday at Newlands Girls’ School, in Farm Road, organised by the Ascot and Maidenhead School Sport Partnership (AMSSP).

It was the culmination of a scheme designed to get the pupils more active by performing routines inspired by the likes of Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, as well as having the chance to show them off to other schools.

Speaking after the event, Emma Fitzgerald, development manager for the partnership, said: “I think it’s one of my favourite events of the year.

“It’s a great day and it’s great to see some of the little ones getting involved.

“It was a very high energy afternoon and I think there were some tired children at the end of the day.”

She added: “Hopefully, not only have the kids realised that getting fit is fun, but they’ve also represented their school, probably for the first time and got the sense of pride that comes with that.

“And fair play to the teachers as well – they were the ones who had to stand in front of the children to lead them in the routines.

“But they were really game and up for it and without them the children might not have engaged as much as they did.”

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