DAY of Olympic-themed activity, organised by Sport Caerphilly, was held in Cardiff last week Olympic gold medallist, Jason Gardener, joined school children at the National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) to celebrate the start of this year’s Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week – the UK’s biggest school sport event.

Pupils from Caerphilly are among an estimated three million youngsters from schools across England and Wales who have signed up to take part in the initiative, which takes place from June 24-28.

Jonathan Lloyd, head teacher at Ystrad Mynach Primary school, said: “We’ve been participating in Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week for five years and this year’s Legacy Games event was a huge success for our school and enjoyed by teachers and students alike.

“As well as the great results the week has had on encouraging pupils to achieve their personal best in athletics, we’ve also witnessed firsthand the knockon effect it’s had on behaviour and learning.”

Cllr Dave Poole, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s cabinet member for community and leisure services, said: “It is wonderful to see so many of our schools committed to taking part and embracing the benefits and core values of sport, not just during National School Sports Week but throughout their curriculum.

“We are committed to giving our residents the best possible access to sporting and leisure facilities, and by encouraging our youngest residents to take part in sport, while in full time education, we are building brighter, healthier and more active futures for the people of our county borough,” he added.

Youth Sport Trust ambassador, Jason Gardener, said: “It has been fantastic to spend the day with pupils from Caerphilly schools today and see the legacy of London 2012 for myself. These pupils have been truly inspired by the Games and National School Sport Week and are eager to continue the celebrations and try out new sports.”