A PE teacher is at the forefront of a massive campaign to find mentors like her who are showing children how healthy exercise can be.
Hanna Sepata, PE lead at Granton Primary School in Lambeth, was at the launch of Active School Hero, an initiative from Nike and ukactive Kids to recognise primary school staff across London who are helping to get kids moving.
The initiative is supported by British sprinter and Blackheath and Bromley Harrier Adam Gemili, former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and British swimmer Siobhan-Marie O’Connor.
More than a third of children and young people in South London are active for fewer than 30 minutes a day, the campaign figures show.
So its organisers want to champion those who are striving to make positive changes to children’s health and wellbeing.
Hanna said: “I believe that children at primary school are at the optimum age for physical development.
They love being active and are willing to explore all ranges of sports and games.
“I become enthralled watching children grow, progress year-on-year and assist them to fall in love with being active.
“My reward is to see how students light up when they become successful in an activity or sport they never imagined they could master.
Physical activity helps all children regardless of background to develop social responsibility, to deal with defeat and to persevere.
I truly enjoy having the privilege to facilitate this journey.”
Any adult can nominate one or more local heroes until April 8 across all London boroughs via activeschoolhero.com.
Borough winners will receive professional development from Nike and the Youth Sport Trust, as well as tickets for their class to attend an elite sporting event.
The London-wide winner will receive these awards and will also win an exclusive visit to their school from elite Nike athletes.