Olympic medallist kickstarts judo skills with school pupils in East Suffolk

Primary school pupils across East Suffolk have enjoyed an action-packed judo workshop from Olympian Gemma Gibbons, hosted at Saxmundham Free School on June 27. The London 2012 Silver medallist shared a range of judo skills such as break-falling, pins and grappling, during a series of drills with Year 5 pupils from Saxmundham, Easton, Wickham Market, Snape, Coldfair Green and Benhall Primary Schools as well as Saxmundham Free School students.

During her visit Gemma also held a question and answer session with the pupils, where she spoke about her experiences of the London 2012 Olympic Games and what’s involved when training as a professional sportswoman. Gemma then joined the Saxmundham Judo Club later in the day, hosted at Saxmundham Free School, for a masterclass with its local members.

Speaking at the event, Gemma Gibbons said: “It has been really great to be here at Saxmundham Free School today. The primary school pupils, a lot of whom have never done judo before, seemed to really enjoy the sessions. It was great to hear lots of laughter and see a lot of young talent too.”

David Lees, Headteacher at Saxmundham Free School, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many local primary school pupils to join us at Saxmundham Free School for such an exciting sports opportunity. We would all like to thank Gemma for spending the day with us and for inspiring young people with her expert judo skills and sporting experiences.”

Judo is one of many sports and extra-curricular opportunities at Saxmundham Free School, which encourages students to discover new interests, uncover new talents and try new things. Enrichment is a compulsory part of the curriculum timetable, with students enjoying a dedicated amount of time each week on a range of sports, arts and crafts, music, drama and other activities. For more information about Saxmundham Free School visit www.saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk.