In pictures: Olympic dancer and hockey player inspire youngsters

In pictures: Olympic dancer and hockey player inspire youngsters

Lucy Golding

In pictures: Olympic dancer and hockey player inspire youngsters

A dancer from the London 2012 closing ceremony and hockey bronze medallist have been inspiring school children in Maidenhead as part of an Olympic legacy programme.

Emily Ayers, who danced at the ceremony alongside Darcey Bussell in 'Spirit of the Flame,' delivered a workshop to children at Furze Platt Infant School in Oaken Grove on Wednesday, May 15 and Holy Trinity Primary School in School Lane, Cookham, on Wednesday last week.

Emily spent the afternoon with the children and taught them some of her Olympic repertoire as well as sharing her rehearsal stories and showing off her costumes.

British hockey player Hannah MacLeod, who took bronze at the 2012 Olympics, has also spent the last two weeks giving masterclasses in the sport in visits to Oldfield Primary School, Lowbrook Academy, Bisham Primary School and St Michael's Primary School in Ascot.

Hannah provided pupils with an inspirational talk and top tips on achieving personal goals before taking the children through a practical Quicksticks hockey session.

Quicksticks is a simplified hockey game designed for children aged between seven and 11 and it uses a lighter ball.

The visits were organised by the Ascot and Maidenhead School Sport Partnership Olympic Legacy Programme.

The programme is designed to inspire and motivate pupils about the achievements of Team GB at the London 2012 Games as well as encouraging them to always try and be their very best.

Emma Fitzgerald, development manager for the School Sport Partnership said: "Hannah is now based locally and her stories and insight is really entertaining whereas Emily is a West End performer and gives a totally different perspective to the Olympic Games."

She added:  "I hope we have inspired a generation to maintain the excitement of London 2012 and to keep being active in the future."

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