PE class changed into dance class for the pupils of St Gregory’s when Wolves Foundation Inclusion and Arts Manager Leah Biddle took over the weekly session for a Red Nose Day yoga and street dance class.
Leah and staff from Gladstone Brookes started of the hour-long session with yoga floor exercises before switching to teaching the children a short street dance routine.
Said Leah: “It was fantastic working with the students from St Greg’s as part of their Health and Fitness programme with Gladstone Brookes. The students really engaged in their yoga and pilates warm up and had lots of fun learning the fun street dance routine as part of Red Nose Day!
“Dance and movement is a great way to engage young people in physical activity whilst having fun! The Gladstone Brookes staff were fantastic as usual, getting stuck in and helping and encouraging the young people to participate!”
Reactions from the pupils included: “The yoga was fun but exhausting.” “I enjoyed it and I felt better afterwards.” “I enjoyed it. It was fun!”
GB’s Claire Nixdorf said: “I thought this was a very worthwhile exercise. Every child should get a chance to experience this.”
Emily Addison added: “The best bit was the finale – the end of the dance routine. Everyone was involved and proud they had learned a dance together. I wanted to get involved because it was a great opportunity to help children socialise and keep fit.”
Kaysha Bird agreed: “The street dance was the best bit of the whole session – eye-opening, rewarding and very enjoyable. I am really enjoying this joint programme with the Wolves Foundation.”
Craig Thomason, the Foundation’s Total: Sport co-ordinator, heads up the St Gregory’s project and is pleased with the way things are developing.
“This year is different to the events we have run over the past three years with support from Gladstone Brookes because we’re concentrating on a single school instead of different schools across the borough.
“It’s been great to watch the progress being made by both the children and the volunteers from Gladstone Brookes who are always keen to get involved,” he said.