Team GB runner stages Nursery ‘Games’ in Twyford
Team GB’s medal-winning sprinter, Rion Pierre, staged his version of the greatest sporting show on earth when he visited preschoolers at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford.
Conducting races and relays in the large nursery garden in Bridge Farm Road, the athlete, who is one of the fastest 100m runners in UK history, talked about the importance of exercise and good diet with the very young runners.
As Cedar Park Manager, Emma Kemp, explained the top athlete’s visit is part of an on-going programme at the nursery where children aged between six weeks and five years are encouraged into the fresh air and taught about healthy lifestyles.
“The visit was a great success because the children had fun and when you achieve that there is always learning. Rion Pierre is a marvellous role model for future athletes and an inspiration to us all,” she said.
The visit was organised with ‘Inspired Through Sport’, which fund-raises to support athletes who in turn teach the values of sport and the importance of a healthy lifestyle in schools nationwide.
At Cedar Park Day Nursery staff believe it is never too early to learn about healthy lifestyles and stress the importance of exercise and movement to a child’s development.
“Exercise and movement is important to children, physically, emotionally and socially. Children are not only developing their motor skills but also how to communicate with each other, solve problems and develop friendships that contribute to their emotional wellbeing,” said Emma.
And the healthy lifestyle messages don’t end there as children plant herbs and vegetables in growing beds at the nursery and enjoy home cooked meals which are close to achieving ‘Food for Life Served Here’ accreditation.
“We are introducing children to all the elements that make for a happy, healthy life and providing as many opportunities as possible for them to excel and develop their talents. Who know where today’s visit may lead,” said Emma.
Rion Pierre, a former Chelsea FC and England Schoolboy football player, is World Junior Bronze 100m Medalist (2009) and holds a Gold Medal in the 2009 European Under 23’s 4X100m relay.