Top athlete, Jack Rutter, visited Ramsbury Primary School on Thursday March 5. Jack led a sponsored fitness circuit with all the pupils to help raise funds for Sport Relief. He also spoke to the whole school about his sporting experiences.
Jack Rutter is a GB Paralympic Footballer who was captain of the GB cerebral palsy team. He was on track to become a professional footballer with Birmingham City when he suffered brain damage. He captained the GB cerebral palsy team at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. He now works with Sports for Schools to inspire children to take part in different sports, believe in themselves and be their very best in everything they do.
Jack spent time with each class at Ramsbury Primary in the school hall, leading the pupils in a challenging fitness circuit, accompanied by very loud music. On completion of their sponsored circuit, a member of the class carried the ‘olympic torch’ to the next class who came to join Jack and complete their circuit.
Once everyone (teachers and children) had finished their fitness circuit, all of the children joined Jack in the hall to listen to him speak about his sporting achievements and to ask him questions. Bella in Class 5 said, “I think it’s inspiring that he had a serious injury and he worked so hard to become a Paralympian. I liked the exercises he did and he inspired me to work hard”.
For Alexandra, also in Class 5, the presentation was the best part of the day. “Jack gave a presentation which gave lots of good messages with brilliant quotes. The one I liked the most was ‘if you can be one percent better, then that’s success’.”
The sponsored event was organised via Sport for Schools, with 60% of sponsorship money going to Sport Relief, and 40% to Sport for Schools www.sportsforschools.org
Exercise and participation are a central part of every day school life at Ramsbury Primary, which holds the title of top-performing school in sport for Wiltshire and Swindon and the prestigious Platinum School Games Mark.