Watch: World number one skating star calls at Leeds high school

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World inline skating champion Jenna Downing called at a Leeds high school to encourage more youngsters to take part in PE and school sport.

Jenna is the world’s number one female inline skater and ten times British Champion. She has competed in rollerblading events since she was eight and became the youngest ever female to turn pro at 12.

Jenna Downing, pictured with pupils at Corpus Christi School. PIC: Simon Hulme

Jenna Downing, pictured with pupils at Corpus Christi School. PIC: Simon Hulme

The Wakefield born skater called at Corpus Christi Catholic College, in Halton Moor, to celebrate the success of the Sporting Promise programme, an initiative to improve sporting fitness.

Jenna is an ambassador for the Sporting Promise and the Youth Sport Trust and joined students to take part in physical activity.

Jenna said: “We all recognise the benefits of physical activity but in order for young people to engage and create good habits for life, we need to create variety and make sport fun. The Sporting Promise programme provides young people with opportunities to try out some really exciting sports.

“It was great to see these kids enjoying themselves through sport and demonstrating that there is an activity out there for everyone.”

Sporting Promise is an award-winning grass roots sports initiative that has already impacted over 2.5 million young people in its first four years. It is a partnership between Matalan, Sporting Pro and the Youth Sport Trust that ensures children across the country have vital access to sports activity in school.

Headteacher Steve Mort said: “This morning has been fun and inspiring and we’re delighted to be a part of the Sporting Promise. It has been an honour to welcome Jenna and have her share tips and advice with the students who have all enjoyed getting involved in these different activities.”

There are three key focus areas for Sporting Promise: TOP Sport supports the delivery of PE and sport in over 10,000 primary schools across the country; yoUR Activity promotes the alternative sports offer in secondary schools; Sporting Communities opens up sports opportunities for 14 to 25-year-olds by setting up community sports clubs based from schools and stores.