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Sport Your Trainers and get behind Team Wales!

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Published: 10 March 2014

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Sport Wales | Team Wales


As youngsters across the UK don their trainers in support of national Sport Your Trainers Day, hundreds of Welsh youngsters will be lacing up their sports shoes alongside the nation's top athletes.

The athletes will be put through their paces in a Commonwealth inspired PE lesson in Welshpool High School, challenged to help the school run the distance between Cardiff and Glasgow at Cardiff High School, put their skills to the test against local primary and secondary school children in a commonwealth athletics event in Caerphilly, become PE teacher for a day in Ysgol Maes Garmon and run a mini baton relay in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Team USN track cyclist Ciara Horne visited Cardiff High School and joined in the sporting actvities. Many of the young aspiring sport stars took part in a questions and answers session with Ciara, before donning their trainers to complete a fun run organised by the school's Young Ambassadors.

Commonwealth Games hopeful, Ciara said: "It's great to see so many young athletes inspired by Glasgow 2014 already and supporting Team Wales along the way. Whether you are competing on the world stage, or pedalling to school everyone should pop their trainers on and enjoy sport."

Sport Your Trainers Day is just one of many Commonwealth Games related activities this year that is being used to help inspire children across Wales, providing new sporting activities and encouraging them to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle.

An annual event, Welsh youngsters have traditionally shown huge support for the Glasgow 2014 initiative, surpassing the basic requirement to wear trainers for the day, with a full quota of activities to get their peers involved in sports and learning about new cultures.

This year the Young Ambassadors of Wales were challenged by Sport Wales to come up with their most creative plans to inspire their whole school and local communities to take part in sport. 

Sport Wales Chief Executive Sarah Powell said: "Just like London 2012 the Commonwealth Games presents an opportunity not to be missed.  We want this to be the year that we get every child in Wales taking part and enjoying sport.  Activities like this will most definitely help achieve our ambitions.

"Every year we see the schools of Wales, led by our Young Ambassadors, organising activities to encourage youngsters in their areas to be active as part of Sport Your Trainers day, I am delighted that this year we were able to bring some of our top athletes to these events to help inspire communities right across Wales."

As youngsters across the UK don their trainers in support of national Sport Your Trainers Day, hundreds of Welsh youngsters will be lacing up their sports shoes alongside the nation's top athletes. 

Thanks to a competition organised by Sport Wales, a number of schools across the country will be joined by a Team Wales Commonwealth hopeful, as part of the national celebration day.

Among the sporting stars making their way back to classroom for the day is:

  • Welsh Cyclist Ciara Horne who will be attending Cardiff High School
  • Women's Bowls duo Hazel Wilson and Caroline Taylor, who will be attending Welshpool High School in Powys
  • Welsh Netball squad member, Kyra Jones, who will be attending Bryn Celynnog High School in Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Weightlifting hopeful, Steph Owens who will be attending Ysgol Maes Garmon in Flintshire
  • 800m runner Joe Thomas, who will be attending Heolddu Comprehensive High School in Caerphilly

The Team Wales pros will be put through their paces in a Commonwealth inspired PE lesson in Welshpool High School, challenged to help the school run the distance between Cardiff and Glasgow at Cardiff High School, put their skills to the test against local primary and secondary school children in a commonwealth athletics event in Caerphilly, become PE teacher for a day in Ysgol Maes Garmon and run a mini baton relay in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Sport Your Trainers Day is just one of many Commonwealth Games related activities this year that is being used to help inspire children across Wales, providing new sporting activities and encouraging them to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle.

An annual event, Welsh youngsters have traditionally shown huge support for the Glasgow 2014 initiative, surpassing the basic requirement to wear trainers for the day, with a full quota of activities to get their peers involved in sports and learning about new cultures.

This year the Young Ambassadors of Wales were challenged by Sport Wales to come up with their most creative plans to inspire their whole school and local communities to take part in sport.  Those winning plans will now be welcoming an extra special visitor on the day.

Sport Wales Chief Executive Sarah Powell said:

"Just like London 2012 the Commonwealth Games presents an opportunity not to be missed.  We want this to be the year that we get every child in Wales taking part and enjoying sport.  Activities like this will most definitely help achieve our ambitions.

"Every year we see the schools of Wales, led by our Young Ambassadors, organising activities to encourage youngsters in their areas to be active as part of Sport Your Trainers day, I am delighted that this year we were able to bring some of our top athletes to these events to help inspire communities right across Wales."

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