26th February 2018

A teacher is inspiring her pupils to be more active after meeting an Olympic gold medallist at an event in London this week.

Maureen Collins from Cumnor House Boys’ School in South Croydon joined slalom canoeist Joe Clarke at a special teaching event in the capital. Joe, who made history at the 2016 Rio Games by winning GB’s first gold medal in the canoe slalom men’s K1, shared his inspiring story and offered advice on how teachers can help pupils to get active.

The event at Riversdale Primary School in Wandsworth was part of a training day of workshops and activities for teachers from across the UK in how to inspire kids to be more active before, during and after school. Organised by Nike and Discovery Education, the event was part of Active Kids Do Better, a new programme to increase kids’ movement and play throughout the school day.

Joe Clarke said:

“It’s a real privilege to be associated with a programme that will have such a positive impact on the lives of so many kids. Sport has given me so much and it’s enriched my life. If we can help and inspire teachers to help kids to get moving, it would be fantastic.”

Maureen Collins said:

“The day was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the benefits of encouraging children and families to be more active. This has inspired me to sign the Active Kids Do Better pledge undertaking to endeavour that our Reception classes will become more active. The highlight of the day was meeting Joe Clarke MBE, GB reigning Olympic Champion in the canoe slalom men’s K1. What an impressive young man!”

Fewer than one in four young children in the UK get the recommended amount of exercise*, which means that millions of kids are missing out on the benefit of sport and play. Active kids are healthier, happier and show stronger academic performance.

The Active Kids Do Better programme, developed with the support of Liverpool John Moores University, offers free resources, games and activities to all UK primary schools, and teachers can sign up online at From short-burst classroom activities to outdoor games and play, the programme gives busy teachers everywhere fun and easy opportunities to get kids moving. They’ll also have the chance to make a special Active Teacher pledge, and to encourage their class to work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Active Kids Do Better will also give schools access to Marathon Kids, the nationwide running programme which encourages children to run laps with the goal of achieving four marathons over the course of a school year.